National Arms of Ghana

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Civic heraldry of Ghana

National Coat of arms of GHANA


Origin/meaning :
The arms were adopted on March 4, 1957.

The National coat of arms of Ghana is is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George's cross, rimmed with gold. The following are the symbols in the quarters and their meaning:

  • 1. The crossed linguist staff and ceremonial sword on a blue background represent the local administration.
  • 2. A heraldic castle on a heraldic sea with a light blue background represents the national government.
  • 3. A Cocoa tree position represents the agricultural wealth of the country.
  • 4. A mine shaft represents the mineral wealth of the country.
  • 5. A gold lion in the center of the St. George's Cross represents the continued link between Ghana and the Commonwealth.
  • 6. The crest consists of a black five-pointed star rimmed with gold standing on a wreath of red, gold and green. The crest represents the lodestar of African Freedom.
  • 7. Two eagle supporters, with black star medals suspended from a ribbon of the national colours around their necks symbolise protectors with strength, very clear and attentive eyes keeping watch over the country.
  • 8. The motto is FREEDOM AND JUSTICE.

Previously the British colony used only a badge showing an elephant before a palm tree, identical to Sierra Leone and Gambia, but with the letters GC for Gold Coast, the colonial name of Ghana.


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