Coat of arms of Namibia
National Seal
ArmigerRepublic of Namibia
CrestAn African fish eagle rising wings elevated and displayed proper
TorseA traditional head-ring Vert charged with six lozenges conjoined Or
ShieldTierced per bend sinister Azure, and Vert, a bend sinister Gules fimbriated Argent and in dexter chief a Sun with twelve straight rays Or charged with an annulet Azure
SupportersTwo Oryx proper
CompartmentA Namib sand dune with a Welwitschia mirabilis on the foreground
MottoUnity, Liberty, Justice
The banner of arms, which serves as national flag

The coat of arms of Namibia is the official heraldic symbol of Namibia. Introduced at the time of independence in 1990, it superseded the earlier coat of arms used by the South African administration of the territory.


The Constituent Assembly which drew up the Namibian Constitution in 1989 appointed a National Symbols Sub-Committee to produce a flag and coat of arms for the country. The committee enlisted the assistance of the South African Bureau of Heraldry. After approving the flag, the committee decided to use the same design as the coat of arms, with the addition of an African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) for a crest, and two gemsbok (Oryx) as supporters.[1] The Welwitschia mirabilis on the compartment was taken over from the former arms of South-West Africa (see below).


The arms are blazoned as follows:

Earlier coats of arms

Proposed arms 1914

In 1914, the German Empire government decided to assign coats of arms to German colonies, including South-West Africa. Arms were designed, but World War I broke out before the project was finalised, and the arms were never taken into use. The arms proposed for German South-West Africa depicted an Afrikaner bull's head, a diamond, and the German imperial eagle.[3] In the 1920s, neo-colonialism, the proposed arms made a short public appearance, in a slightly modified form on postcards issued by the German Colonial Soldiers' League (German Deutscher Kolonialkrieger-Bund) and also as decoration on calendars.[4]

Arms 1963–80

In 1958, the South West African administration decided that the territory should have an official coat of arms. After obtaining the approval of the South African government, the administration engaged Dr Coenraad Beyers to design the arms. The design was finalised in 1961, taken into use in 1963, and registered at the Bureau of Heraldry in 1964.

The arms were discontinued when South-West Africa was reconstituted into a three-tier system of government in 1980. The second-tier Representative Authority of the Whites (1980–89) took over the arms in 1981.[5]

The official blazon of the arms is :


  1. ^ a b Merrington, A.J. (1990). 'New National Symbols for the Republic of Namibia' in Arma Vol 32/1990 – II.
  2. ^ National Coat of Arms of the Republic of Namibia Act, 1990 (PDF) (1). 28 March 1990. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  3. ^ Pama, C. (1965). Lions and Virgins
  4. ^ The Emperor's new coat of arms Archived 16 November 2016 at the Wayback Machine (Spiegel Online, 26 February 2009, in German).
  5. ^ Brownell, F.G. (1990). 'The Evolution of the Coats of Arms and Flags of SWA and Namibia' in Archives News (August 1990).
  6. ^ Bureau of Heraldry[permanent dead link]