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Coat of arms of the Bahamas

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Coat of arms of The Bahamas
Coat of arms of the Bahamas.svg
ArmigerElizabeth II in Right of the Bahamas
Adopted7 December 1971
CrestUpon a representation of Our Royal Helmet mantled Azure doubled Argent on a Wreath Or and Azure. A Conch Shell proper in front of a Panache of Palm Fronds proper.[1]
TorseOrange and Azure
BlazonUpon a representation of the Santa Maria on a base barry wavy of four Azure and Argent on a Chief Azure demisun Or.
SupportersOn the dexter side a Marlin proper and on the sinister side a Flamingo proper
CompartmentPer pale Waves of the Sea and Swampland proper.
MottoForward, Upward, Onward Together
Emblem of the Bahamas, 1964.  Motto: Expulsis Piratis – Restituta Commercia (Pirates Expelled – Commerce Restored)
Emblem of the Bahamas, 1964. Motto: Expulsis Piratis – Restituta Commercia (Pirates Expelled – Commerce Restored)

The Coat of Arms of The Bahamas contains a shield with the national symbols as its focal point.

Official description

The blazon of the coat of arms is described in Bahamas law:[2]

Arms: Upon a representation of the Santa Maria on a base barry wavy of four Azure and Argent on a Chief Azure demisun Or.

Crest: Upon a representation of Our Royal Helmet mantled Azure doubled Argent on a Wreath Or and Azure. A Conch Shell proper in front of a Panache of Palm Fronds proper.

Supporters: On the dexter side a Marlin proper and on the sinister side a Flamingo proper; and upon a Compartment per pale Waves of the Sea and Swampland proper.

Motto: “Forward, Upward, Onward Together”.

Explanation

The escutcheon (shield) is supported by a marlin and flamingo. The crest on top of the helm (helmet) is a conch shell, which represents the varied marine life of the island chain. Below the helm is the escutcheon itself, whose main charge is a ship, reputed to represent the Santa María of Christopher Columbus. It is sailing beneath a sun in the chief. The animals supporting the shield are the national animals, and the national motto is found at the bottom. The flamingo is located upon land, and the marlin upon sea, indicating the geography of the islands.

The vibrant tinctures of the coat of arms are also intended to point to a bright future for the islands. They are also reputed to have been maintained for their attractiveness to tourists.

The Coat of Arms was approved by Queen Elizabeth II on 7 December 1971. It was designed by Bahamian artist and clergyman, Dr. Hervis L. Bain, Jr., who is also a member of the Order of the British Empire.

Island arms

In addition to the National Coat of Arms, there are a total of eighteen regional island shields (including two unofficial devices). These were granted upon Independence in 1973, to be displayed at the Independence day celebration to reflect each island's individual cultural heritage.

Island arms of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Badge of Abaco.gif
Badge of Andros.jpg
Badge of the Berry Islands.jpg
Acklins Abaco Andros Berry Islands
Crest of Bimini.png
Badge of Cat Island.png
Eleuthera Island Crest.jpg
Bimini Cat Island Crooked Island Eleuthera
Crest of Grand Bahama.gif
Badge of Inagua.jpg
MayaguanaCrest.gif
Grand Bahama Inagua Long Island Mayaguana
Badge of New Providence.png
Crest of Ragged Island.png
Crest of Rum Cay.png
Crest of San Salvador Island.png
New Providence Ragged island Rum Cay San Salvador

References

  1. ^ "Flags and Coat of Arms (Regulation)" (PDF). Bahamas Legislation ch. 32. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ FLAGS AND COAT OF ARMS (REGULATION)

External links


This page was last edited on 12 October 2020, at 09:32
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