Coat of arms of Lesotho
ArmigerLetsie III, King of Lesotho
Adopted4 October 2006
CompartmentThe summit of Thaba Bosiu
MottoKhotso, Pula, Nala
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"

The coat of arms of Lesotho was adopted on 4 October 2006, after Lesotho's 40th anniversary of independence. Pictured is a crocodile on a Basotho shield. This is the symbol of the dynasty of Lesotho's largest ethnicity, the Bakoena. Behind the shield there are two crossed weapons, an assegai (lance) and a knobkierie (club). To the left and right of the shield are supporters of the shield, two Basotho horses. In the foreground there is a ribbon with the national motto of Lesotho: Khotso, Pula, Nala (Sesotho, to English: Peace, Rain, Prosperity). The crocodile on the shield has been retained from the arms of Basutoland, the predecessor to Lesotho.

Colonial Basutoland

The colony of Basutoland was granted a coat of arms on 20 March 1951. These arms depicted a crocodile and featured the motto KHOTSO KE NALA (Peace is Prosperity).

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