486 Cremona

This minor planet is named after the city of Cremona in northern Italy. There is a legend that, when Cremona was part of the Holy Roman Empire under Henry IV, the Empire demanded an excessive tax from the city, a 3kg ball of gold every year. According to the legend, the mayor of the city, Giovanni Baldesio, dueled the emperor himself and knocked him from his horse, allowing the city to keep its gold. This event is partially illustrated in their coat of arms.

The symbol of this minor planet is a small circle with a solar dot, representing a ball of gold, resting in a short curve atop a vertical line, representing an arm holding it aloft.


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