National Arms of Cape Verde

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National Arms of Cape Verde

Coat of arms (crest) of National Arms of Cape Verde
Official blazon
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The country does not use arms, but a State Symbol, see above, which was adopted on September 22, 1992. It replaced the previous symbol, which was adopted on July 5, 1975, see below.


Colonial arms

In June 1932 the first arms for the Portuguese colony of Cape Verde were designed and proposed to the Ministry of Colonies. The arms follow a centralised pattern with a bordure with the castle of Portugal and a cross as used by the Portuguese discoverers. For each province a separate symbol was used as the main charge. For Cape Verde a ship was chosen. The reason thereof is not known. These arms were, as far as I know, never officially adopted and replaced in 1935.

Colonial arms of Cape Verde

The proposal from 1932

On May 8 1935 the then Portuguese colony received its first arms. The arms again follow the general design of the Portuguese colonies, the shield placed on an armillary sphere, crowned with a mural crown with five towers and in the shield the five shields of Portugal. The left half of the arms shows a ship for the Cape Verde islands.

Colonial arms of Cape Verde

The initial arms showed as legend Colonia Portuguesa de Cabo Verde, but after the reform in 1951 the legend was changed to Provincia de Cabo Verde.

Colonial arms of Cape Verde

The colonial arms on a coin.

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