National Arms of Algeria

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Civic heraldry of Algeria - Armorial de L'Algerie
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THE NATIONAL ARMS OF ALGERIA

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Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The present State Emblem was adopted in 1976. It was identical to the previous emblem, used since 1971, with the addition of the name of the country in Arabic: الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية .

The star and crescent are the symbols of Islam, and were already present in the older arms.

The hand of Fatima, a traditional symbol of the region, appears in front of the Atlas Mountains, below a rising sun representing a new era. The buildings stand for industry and the plants for agriculture.

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The previous state emblem (1971-1976)

The French colony of Algeria started to use arms in 1830, which showed the crescent and three stars. These were continued under the French rule until 1962. From 1962-1971 the country used a coat of arms based on the flag, showin gagian the crescent and star.

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The old colonial arms (1830-1962)
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The arms from 1962-1971

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