Free State

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Civic heraldry of South Africa


Additions : 1994 Orange Free State, QwaQwa


Official blazon

Arms: Per chevron inverted, Or and Vert, the head of an Orange River Lily (Crinum bulbispermum) with three blossoms and four buds slipped proper and a chief dancetty, the peaks terminating in merlons, Azure; the shield ensigned of a circlet Or, embellished with representations of cut diamonds Argent, enamelled Azure against the upper and Vert against the lower facets, heightened of four heads of maize Argent, leaved Or, alternating with as many ears of wheat of the last.
Supporters: Two cheetahs proper
Special Compartment: A representation of the Free State plains proper
Motto: Katleho Ka Kopano


The arms were officially granted on May 7, 1999.

I have no information on the origin or meaning of these arms. Any information is welcome !

Literature : Picture provided by Bruce Berry