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Namibian Coat of Arms

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[Namibian Coat of Arms] image from this site, reported by Ivan Sache, 1 Jun 2003 See also:

Namibian Coat of Arms


New Arms were adopted at independence in March 1990 and are described heraldically as follows:
  • ARMS: Tierced per bend sinister, Azure, Argent and Vert, a bend sinister Gules and in dexter chief a sun with twelve straight rays Or, charged with an annulet Azure.
  • CREST: Upon a traditional head-ring Vert charged with six lozenges conjoined Or, a Fish Eagle rising, wings elevated and displayed, proper.
  • SUPPORTERS: Two Oryx proper.
  • COMPARTMENT: A Namib sand-dune with a Welwitschia mirabilis (desert flower) in the foreground, proper.
Bruce Berry, 20 Feb 1998

The National Coat of Arms is the official emblem of the Government service as a statutory body. The Coat of Arms is depicted on all official publications and stationery.
The National Flag is reproduced on the shield of the Coat of Arms. It is firmly anchored in the sand of the centuries old Namib Desert. On the headband above the shield is the fish eagle, representing the north and our country's water resources. The fish eagle has excellent vision and is thus also a symbol of the farsightedness of our country's leaders. The two Oryx antelope on either side of the shield are indigenous, specifically to the semi-arid parts of Namibia. They are renowned for their courage, elegance and pride.

The Welwitschia mirabilis, rooted in the desert sand is a unique desert plant, a fighter for survival and, therefore, a symbol of Namibia's fortitude and tenacity. The headband refers to the traditions of our people and the diamond shapes symbolise the importance of diamonds to the country's economy.

The motto, Unity, Liberty, Justice enshrines the key principles embodied in the Constitution. Private bodies may not use the Coat of Arms without the express permission of the President.
Info from the website of the Namibian Government.

Namibian national Seal

[Namibian Seal] image from this site, reported by Ivan Sache, 1 Jun 2003

Namibia has also a national seal:
"The National Seal is used by the President to verify the authenticity of documents of state.
The National Seal bears the National motto "Unity, Liberty, Justice" twice.
Once on a riband beneath the Coat of Arms and again circumscribed on the rim."
The national seal is all black and white.
Source: this site.
Ivan Sache, 1 Jun 2003