I bet you’ve seen those fancy old designs and have wondered what they represent. What do these symbols on a coat of arms mean? Do they even really have a meaning associated with them?
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The designs can be quite colorful and can contain all sorts of animals and objects.
There’s so much packed in them and it will take a little while to explain all the different parts.
So, if you are interested in the symbols that make up a coat of arms then you are in the right place!
Meaning of symbols lost in time!
Coats of arms were granted hundreds of years ago. Their proper meaning therefore may have been lost in time. Even though the coat of arms was recorded the symbolic significance may not have been.
I will therefore try my best to list all of these different symbols and coloring, and what they mean.
So, please read on as I will discuss as best as I can about their symbols and their meanings.
If you are interested in finding what your family coat of arms, or crest, looks like then please check out myFind My Family Coat of Arms post.
There you will find resources where you can track down your coat of arms.
Discussed in this post:
- Colors, Arms, and Symbol Meanings
- Celestial Beings and Crosses
- Flowers and Fruit
- Mythological Creatures
- Find My Family Coat of Arms
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Colors, Arms, and Symbol Meanings
The Colors Signify Qualities in a Person
First of all the differenttinctures (or colors) that are used on a coat of arms can mean different things about who they represent.
The “fur” is a tincture consisting of a color set with a pattern of shapes.
- Argent (Silver or white) – Peace and sincerity
- Azure (Blue) –Truth and loyalty
- Furs (Ermine, ermines, erminois, vair, counter vair, pean, potent, counter potent) – Dignity
- Gules (Red) –Warrior or martyr; Military strength and magnanimity
- Or (Gold or Yellow)–Generosity and elevation of the mind
- Purpure (Purple)– Royal majesty, sovereignty, and justice
- Sable (Black) –Constancy or grief
- Sanguine or Murray (Maroon) –Patient in battle and yet victorious
- Tawny or Tenne (Orange)– Worthy ambition
- Vert (Green) –Hope, joy, and loyalty in love
Colors may also be formed in several different patterns. These usually take the form of a sash, a band running through an existing color.
The Arms Represent the Four Elements
The arms on a coat of arms here consist of shaped lines. They can represent the four elements air, earth or land, fire, and water.
Arms can be found in the shield of the coat of arms.
- Dancette – Water
- Embattled – Walls of a fortress or town (also fire)
- Engrailed – Earth or land
- Indented – Fire
- Invected – Earth or land
- Nebuly – Clouds or air
- Raguly – Difficulties that have been encountered
- Wavy – Sea or water
Symbols Represent Each of the Father’s Sons
Symbols that are found within the shieldof a coat of arms will signify the relationship to the original grantee, or father.
They are known as differences of marks of cadency. These can help you identify a particular branch of a family tree.
- Label – Eldest son
- Crescent – Second son
- Mullet (star)– Third son
- Martlet (bird)– Fourth son
- Annulet (ring)– Fifth son
- Fleur-de-lis – Sixth son
- Rose – Seventh son
- Cross moline – Eighth son
- Double quatrefoil (or octofoil)– Ninth son
Animals were also to be found on a coat of arms. They could be on the shield, on top of the helmet (the crest), or on either side of the coat of arms (the supporters).
Fierce and ferocious animals were particularly chosen and were positioned in combat postures.
They tended to represent positive traits such as loyalty, resourcefulness, or wisdom.
- Ant – Great labor, wisdom, and providence in one’s affairs
- Ass – Patience and humility
- Bear – Strength, cunning, ferocity in the protectionfor family and friends
- Beaver – Industry and perseverance
- Boar or Boar’s head –Bravery andfights to the death. The head symbolizes hospitality
- Buck – Someone who willnot fight unless provoked; peace and harmony
- Bull or Bull’s horns – Valor, bravery, and generosity. The head symbolizes strength and fortitude
- Butterfly – Soul
- Camel – Docility, patience, and perseverance
- Cat – Liberty, vigilance, forecast, and courage
- Chough – Strategist in battle; watchful for friends
- Cock – Courage and perseverance; hero; able in politics
- Crane – Close parental bond; vigilance if holding a rock
- Cygnet – Where gorged with a crown around its neck this will signify dignity
- Deer (same as Stag)– Someone who will not fight unless provoked; peace and harmony
- Dolphin – Swiftness, diligence, salvation, charity, and love
- Dove –Loving constancy and peace; the Holy Spirit; with an olive branch in its bill it signifies a harbinger of good tidings
- Duck – Resourcefulness
- Eagle – Person of noble nature, strength, bravery, and alertness; or one who is high-spirited, ingenious, quick-witted, and judicious.
- Eagle displayed with wings spread – Protection
- Eagle (two-headed) – Symbolizes conjoining forces
- Elephant – Great strength, wit, longevity, happiness, royalty, good luck, and ambition
- Escallop (seashell) – Traveller to far places or victorious naval commander
- Fish –A true, generous mind; virtuous for himselfandnot because of his heritage; also unity with Christ, spiritual nourishment
- Fox – Someone who will use all of their wisdom and wit in their defense
- Gannet – Someone who has to subsist by virtue and merit
- Goat – Political ability
- Goose – Resourcefulness
- Grasshopper – Noble and home-bred
- Greyhound – Courage, vigilance, and loyalty
- Hare – Someone who enjoys a peaceable and retired life
- Hawk or Falcon –Someone who does not rest until they have achieved their goal or objective
- Hedgehog – Provident provider
- Horse –Readiness for all employments for king and country
- Lamb – Gentleness and patience under suffering. A lamb carrying a staff or banner with a cross is a paschal lamb that represents faith, innocence, bravery, gentleness, purity, and a resolute spirit
- Leopard –Valiant and hardy warrior who enterprises hazardous things by force and courage
- Lion –Dauntless courage
- Mule – Often borne by abbots and abbesses who have pastoral jurisdiction, but not real jurisdiction
- Mullet – Divine quality from above; the mark of the third son
- Ostrich – Willing obedience and serenity
- Otter – Someone who lives life to the fullest
- Ox – Valor and generosity
- Panther –Fierce but tender and loving to children and will defend her children with her life
- Peacock – Beauty, power, and knowledge
- Pelican – Self-sacrifice and charitable nature
- Rabbit – Peaceable and retired life
- Ram – Authority
- Raven – Divine providence
- Rhinoceros – Ferocious when aroused
- Salamander – Protection
- Serpent or Snake – Wisdom
- Snail – Deliberation and perseverance
- Spider – Wisdom, labor, and prudence
- Squirrel – Lover of the woods
- Stag –Someone who will not fight unless provoked
- Stag’s antlers –The antlers symbolize peace and harmony; strength and fortitude
- Stork – Filial duty; close parental bond; holding a rock; vigilance
- Swallow– Someone who is prompt and ready in doing business; also bringer of good news
- Swan –Poetic harmony and learning or lover thereof; signifies light, love, grace, sincerity andperfection
- Tiger – Fierceness, and valor; resentment; dangerous if aroused
- Tortoise –Invulnerability to attack
- Wolf – Reward from perseverance in long sieges and/or hard industry
Celestial Beings and Crosses
Any form of a cross that is found on the crest may indicate some Christian experience or sentiment.
There may also appear an angel or some other similar celestial being that will represent dignity, glory, and honor.
- Angel or Cherub – Dignity, glory, and honor; missionary; bearer of joyful news
- Cross –Faith; service in the Crusades
- Cross (Celtic) –Unity of heaven and earth
- Cross-Crosslet (crossed at each end) – Signifies the fourfold mystery of the cross
- Cross-Fitchée (cross pointed at base) –A combination of cross and sword; unshakeable faith
- Cross-Flory (cross flowered at each end) –Someone who has conquered
- Cross-Maltese (cross with eight points) – Blessings; a badge of Knights Hospitaller
- Cross-Moline –The mutual converse of human society (said to represent a millstone)
- Cross-Pattée or cross-formée (cross which has arms narrow at the center) – Military honor
- Cross-Raguly– Difficulties encountered
- Seraphim (angel with three pairs of wings) – Dignity, glory, and honor; missionary; bearer of joyful news
Flowers and Fruit
Any flower that is found on a coat of arms will represent hope and joy. The appearance of fruit meanwhile will represent felicity and peace.
Certain flora will have a more specific meaning.
- Acacia branch or leaves –Eternal and affectionate remembrance
- Apple – Liberality, felicity, and peace
- Bay leaves –Poet or victor’s laurel
- Berries – Liberality, felicity, and peace
- Carnation – Admiration
- Civic Wreath (of oak leaves and acorns) – Someone who saved a fellow citizen’s life or showed patriotism in defense of someone’s native land
- Cypress – Death and eternal life thereafter
- Grapes – Liberality, felicity, and peace; also associated with wine-making
- Holly – Truth
- Ivy – Strong and lasting friendship
- Laurel leaves –Peace and/or triumph
- Lily – Purity
- Marigold – Devotion and piety
- Oaktree, leaves, or bush –Great age and strength
- Olive branch or leaves –Peace and concordance
- Pears – Felicity and peace
- Pine – Death and eternal life thereafter
- Pinecone – Life
- Pomegranate – Fertility, and abundance
- Rose – Mark of cadency of the seventh son
- Rose Red–Grace and beauty
- Rose White – Love and faith
- Shamrock – Perpetuity; the flower of Ireland
Occasionally mythological creatures did appear on a coat of arms and the crests. These held particular significance in heraldry.
- Centaur –Eminence in the field of battle
- Cockatrice – Terror to all beholders
- Dragon/wyvern (a dragon with only two legs) – Valiant defender of treasure; valor and protection
- Griffin (head, wings, and talons of an eagle with the body of a lion) – Valor and death-defying bravery; vigilance
- Harpy (virgin’s face, neck, and breast with the body of a lion) – Ferocity under provocation
- Hydra (a dragon with seven heads) – Conquest of a very powerful enemy
- Mermaid –Eloquence
- Pegasus – Poetic genius and inspiration; the messenger of God
- Phoenix –Symbol of resurrection
- Sphinx – Omniscience, and secrecy
- Unicorn –Extreme courage; virtue and strength
Objects may have also featured anywhere on the coat of arms. They had many different meanings which added more uniqueness to the arms as well as identifying the person or family.
- Agricultural tools – Laboring in the earth and depending upon providence
- Anchor –Hope; religious steadfastness
- Anvil – Honor
- Arrow – Readiness for battle; if depicted with a cross this represents an affliction
- Axe (or Battle Axe)– Execution of military duty
- Banners – Special action in which bearer was captured, or a reward for valiant service
- Bar, Barry, or Barrulet – Someone who sets the bar of conscience, religion, and honor against angry passions and evil temptations
- Baton – Authority
- Bells – Power to disperse evil spirits. A hawk’s bell denotes one who was not afraid of signaling his approach in peace or war
- Bones – Mortality
- Book – Open – manifestation; closed – counsel
- Bow – Readiness for battle
- Bridge – Governor or magistrate
- Broom – Humility
- Buckle – Victorious fidelity in authority
- Cannon and Cannon Balls – Someone who has dared the terror of such a weapon in battle
- Chains –Reward for acceptable and weighty service. With crowns and collars, this suggests the bearer bore the chain of obligation or obliged others because of services done
- Column – Fortitude and constancy; with a serpent coiled around it this means wisdom with fortitude
- Cup (covered) – Office of the king’s butler
- Drum – Ready for war
- Feathers – Obedience and serenity
- Fleur-de-lis – Purity; light; a floral badge of France; represents the sixth son as a mark of difference
- Flint – Readiness for zealous service
- Fountain – Water or a spring
- Grenade – Someone who has dared the terror of such a weapon in battle
- Hand/red hand –Pledge of faith, sincerity, and justice; two right hands conjoined represent union and alliance/mark of a baronet
- Harp – Well-composed person of tempered judgment; contemplation; a mystical bridge between heaven and earth
- Horns – Strength and fortitude
- Horseshoe – Good luck and safeguard against evil spirits
- Hourglass – Flight of time; mortality
- Hunting Horn – Someone who is fond of the chase; of high spirits
- Keys – Guardianship and dominion
- Letters – May represent great battles or tournaments beginning with that letter
- Pen – Art of writing and educated employment
- Pipes – Festivity and rejoicing
- Plume of feathers –Sign of willing obedience and serenity of mind
- Portcullis – Protection in an emergency
- Rock – Safety, and protection; refuge
- Saddle – Preparedness for active service
- Scallop shell –Traveller to far places or victorious naval commander
- Scythe – The hope of a fruitful harvest
- Ship – Sea voyages
- Skull – Mortality
- Sphere –Geographical or scientific reference
- Stirrup – Readiness for active service
- Sword/dagger/dart – Justice and military honor
- Table – Hospitality
- Tent – Readiness for battle
- Torch – Life; zealousness; engaging in signal service; truth and intelligence
- Trumpet – Ready for war
- Wheel – Fortune
- Wheel (Catherine) –Torture
Find My Family Coat of Arms – Where To Find Yours?!
By now you should know all about the symbols that are featured on a coat of arms. To find your family’s coat of arms you could check out the College of Arms in London, England, or The American College of Heraldry in the United States.
Or why not check out the following sites and resources to find out yourself?
House of Names – Great Gifts Featuring Your Coat of Arms!
The House of Names website is your first choice if you want to discover your family’s coat of arms.
They can not only show you what your family’s arms look like but they also sell cool products such as mousepads, hats, jewelry, shirts, mugs, and many more!
Why buy from House of Names?
- Free shipping is offered to residents of North America if the order is over $85 US.
- International shipping, however, there is a delay of 5-10 weeks, so bare this in mind when ordering from overseas.
- All products are given a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you are not satisfied with the quality, condition, or workmanship then you can return the product.
- Return shipping charges may apply unless there has been an order error or error in shipping.
Please note: This site will offer you a single coat of arms heraldry design for your surname.
This is despite that arms are inherited through the family tree and symbols are usually added by descendants.
What can you discover from House of Names?
Research has been carried out since 1968 by the in-house team to deliver to you the oldest known version of your family’s coat of arms.
Bear in mind though that therefore there is no such thing as a unique coat of arms for a surname.
You can also find out the history of your surname, notable people with your last name, and different spellings of your name.
This is particularly useful for you if you want to find records about your ancestors but are not getting results.
What are the extras?
There is even a free section at the House of Names site. Here you can download coloring booklets, which is good to keep the kids entertained for hours, or even yourself for that matter.
There is also a blank family tree form so you can use that to trace your ancestry three generations back. And finally, there is a Design your Coat of Arms booklet with 11 different designs.
You get to draw what you want in the shield.
How cool is that?
If you decide to buy anything from this site then please come back and let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.
Amazon – Two Excellent Books on Heraldry
I highly recommend these 2 books if you are interested in the world of heraldry. They both contain more than 200 pages and are fully illustrated.
And they both discuss the origins and the development of the coat of arms and its uses in the modern world.
The Illustrated Book of Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses
A great introduction to heraldry. This book is full of information and a ton of colorful illustrations. Even if you do get stuck with some of the wording there is a glossary at the back that will help you.
So, if you want to know how coats of arms evolved then this book is for you.
Heraldry: Understanding Signs and Symbols
This is another go-to book for anyone interested in heraldry. The complex imagery that makes up a coat of arms is examined.
Modern-day examples are given and are broken down, so you can see what each different part means.
COADB.com – Another Site Offering Great Products!
TheCOADB.com website contains nearly 1,000 different coats of arms. You can have your very own coat of arms on a T-shirt, mug, phone, or tablet cover.
They also offer genealogy search packages that will help you with your family’s coat of arms.
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Symbols On A Coat of Arms Explained
The colors, arms, and symbols are what make a coat of arms. Learn the difference between all of these with this helpful guide. And where to buy cool products.
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What are the symbols on the coat of arms? ›
CROSS: The symbol of Christianity, there are over 200 different types in heraldry. CUSHION: A symbol of authority. DAGGER: Honor in battle, a common charge in crests. DART: An arrow, the symbol of readiness, certain “artists” have depicted an actual dart.How do I find my family crest symbols? ›
familsearch.org: Using this site, you may search for your family crest by putting your last name into the search area or by clicking on the initial letter of your surname. Keep in mind that many names have many spellings, so exploring by letter may get better results.What should I put on my family coat of arms? ›
Understanding the Basic Crest
A family coat of arms has several basic components. These individual parts include the shield, the mantling and the helm and wreath. Some, but not all, also include a crest. Colors, animals or other artwork and mottoes are all additional choices to make.
THE SYMBOLS OF NATIONAL UNITY
The National Pledge. The National Anthem. The National Flag. The Coat of Arms.
The coat of arms generally refers to the, cape, shield, crest and helmet, while the family crest technically only refers to the small image that lies on the helm (top of the helmet). The family crest is a component of a coat of arms, which can be used as a simplified symbol when the full coat of arms is too detailed.Does every family have a family crest? ›
Do all families have a family crest? Firstly no, not all families have a crest on top of their coat of arms. Secondly, people with the same surname will often have a completely different coat of arms or sometimes no coat of arms at all.Can any family have a family crest? ›
For any person to have a right to a coat of arms they must either have had it granted to them or be descended in the legitimate male line from a person to whom arms were granted or confirmed in the past.What is the most important part of a coat of arms? ›
The coat of arms proper is the shield - the most important part of the heraldic achievement. In medieval times, knights would identify themselves with the designs on their shields, so each shield needed to have a unique design.Can a daughter inherit a coat of arms? ›
Arms are only transmitted through a female line when there is a failure of male heirs. A woman with no surviving brothers, or whose deceased brothers have no surviving issue, is an heraldic heiress.
Formally known as an achievement, armorial achievement, or heraldic achievement, what is commonly referred to as a "coat of arms" consists of several parts: the shield, the mantling, the helm, the wreath, charges, and the crest (note that not all arms have crests).
Can you tell the symbol of a family? ›
At the present time, there are two symbols that are widely recognized as meaning family: the family tree and the family pictograph.What does a star mean on a family crest? ›
In the design of modern flags and emblems, the stars (mullets, usually five-pointed) when standing alone often represent concepts like "unity" or "independence". When arranged in groups, they often enumerate provinces or other components of the nation (such as ethnic groups).What does a moon mean on a coat of arms? ›
The crescent stands for one who has been 'enlightened and honoured by the gracious aspect of his sovereign'. It is also borne as a symbol of the hope of greater glory in heraldry. Knights returning from the crusades introduced the crescent, the badge of Islam, into the language of heraldry.What 5 items are included in the coat of arms? ›
It was based on the armor and gear worn by a knight and could include: a shield, a helmet, a mantle, a wreath, and a crest.How do I identify a coat of arms? ›
Any person wishing to have arms identified should first either bring to the officer in waiting at the College the object on which they appear, or send an illustration, preferably a photograph. It will then be possible to quote a fee for trying to identify the arms.What is the most important symbol in the world? ›
The Cross. Cross is one of the most important and iconic symbols of the modern world.What are 17 national symbols? ›
Ans. There are 17 national symbols of India namely Tiranga, Jana Gana Mana, Saka Calendar, Vande Mataram, National Emblem of India, Mango, Ganga, Royal Bengal Tiger, Indian Banyan, Ganges River Dolphin, Indian Peacock, Indian Rupee, King Cobra, Indian Elephant, Lotus, Pumpkin and National Pledge.What are the 5 national symbols? ›
- The flag or banner of a nation-state.
- The coat of arms of the land or ruling dynasty.
- The seal or stamp of the land or ruling dynasty.
- The head of state, especially in a monarchy.
- The associated device and motto can also be used separately.
- The national colors, often derived from the above.
It is actually rare for a family to have a family crest, even rarer for the family to have a right to use them, and rare for there to be a person in your family's history that would hold a coat of arms. Before we get into particulars, the background on coats of arms and family crests needs to be examined.Can you just create a family crest? ›
There is always an option to create a crest for yourself or your family from scratch. It may not be "official,” but it can be fun to customize a coat of arms that is specific to you, your interests, hobbies, family history, philosophy, or religion, to name a few examples.
Who inherits the coat of arms? ›
Coats of arms descend through the legitimate male line, specifically the eldest son (primogeniture). This means you are likely to already know that you are armigerous. However, if there are no heirs along a line of descent, a descendant of a second son (or a sister) would be the person entitled to that coat of arms.Is every last name related? ›
Many people ask the question, are people with the same last name related? Surnames can be shared between unrelated people without a biological relationship. Just because two people share the same does not mean they are related. There are many common surnames.How much does a family crest cost? ›
It all depends on what you want your coat of arms / family crest or company logo / emblem to look like. But the average cost is $100.00 to $150.00.Do family crests still exist? ›
Family crests and coats of arms are powerful family symbols passed down through generations. They were commonly used throughout the 11–17th centuries, and they can still be meaningful reminders for families past, present, and future.Can I get my family crest on a ring? ›
Your family coat of arms engraved onto a signet ring of your choice. Choose ring shape to suit you, precious metal to suit your budget, arms style similar to your artwork or that you simply like the look of. The Family Arms range incorporates the details of your shield and crest into any coat of arms style.Can you combine two family crests? ›
Marshalling or Combining Coats of Arms
To marshal two or more coats of arms and/or crests means to combine them into one shield and crest design. This may be done to represent the union of two families in marriage, to express inheritance, or the occupation of an office or management of a business.
Slogan (heraldry) - Wikipedia.What is the motto of the coat of arms? ›
the new Coat of Arms
The Coat of Arms is a series of elements organised in distinct symmetric egg-like or oval shapes placed on top of one another. The motto – ! ke e: /xarra //ke, written in the Khoisan language of the /Xam people, literally meaning: diverse people unite.
Except for a few individual exceptions from some parts of Eastern Europe, there is no such thing as a "family" coat of arms for a particular surname - despite the claims and implications of some companies to the contrary. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families or surnames.What do all females inherit from their father? ›
The X and Y chromosomes, commonly known as sex chromosomes, define the child's gender. Girls inherit an X chromosome from their father, resulting in a XX genotype, and males inherit a Y chromosome from their father, resulting in an XY genotype.
Which child is not entitled to inherit? ›
The inheritance rights of illegitimate children are governed by Section 16 (3) of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955, which states that 'such children are only entitled to the property of their parents and not of any other relation'.
The Heart: The most popular symbol of love, a heart is used to represent the center of emotion, including affection and love, especially romantic love. A heart pierced with an arrow is meant to symbolize romantic love.What flower symbolizes family? ›
Gardenias. Gardenias are flowers that represent children and family because of their meaning of purity and sweetness.What symbol represents a female member in the family? ›
Basic Genogram Symbols
The male is noted by a square and the female by a circle. A family is shown by an horizontal line connecting the two. The children are placed below the family line from the oldest to the youngest, left to right.
The chevron represents the foot of a house, derived from the French work 'chevron' meaning rafter. It signifies protection. The chevron was granted to those who had participated in some notable enterprise, had built churches or fortresses, or had accomplished some work requiring faithful service.What does a wolf mean on a coat of arms? ›
Though commonly reviled as a livestock predator and man-eater, the wolf was also considered a noble and courageous animal, and frequently appeared on the arms and crests of numerous noble families. It typically symbolised the rewards of perseverance in long sieges or hard industry.What does black mean on a family crest? ›
In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.What does a cat symbolize on a coat of arms? ›
The cat – animals in heraldry
A symbol of a great cat signifies liberty, vigilance and courage in heraldry. Like the lion in heraldic form, the cat is portrayed in many different positions, but they are most often blazoned passant, walking with right fore-paw raised. Cats are most common in Scottish or Irish arms.
The lion is a common charge in heraldry. It traditionally symbolises courage, nobility, royalty, strength, stateliness and valour, because historically the lion has been regarded as the "king of beasts".What does crescent moon with dots mean? ›
It is also a reminder that it is okay to feel empty at times. The dots are the continuation of the meaning of the emptiness of the moon, the dots are a reminder that our lives must carry on no matter what may happen along the journey of our lives" - Maxine_MB Based of stories by Rozielle Ya ñez.
What are the figures on the coat of arms doing? ›
The human figures
The figures are depicted in an attitude of greeting, symbolising unity. This also represents the beginning of the individual's transformation into the greater sense of belonging to the nation and by extension, collective humanity.
The Ghana Coat of Arms is found on all government official letterheads. It symbolises government official sanction and it has found an important Government places like the castle, the Courts and government offices. Composition : The Ghana Coat of Arms is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St.What are the two figures on the coat of arms? ›
The design of the Coat of Arms
The first element is the motto, in a green semicircle. Completing the semicircle are two symmetrically placed pairs of elephant tusks pointing upwards. Within the oval shape formed by the tusks are two symmetrical ears of wheat, that in turn frame a centrally placed gold shield.