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Coat of arms of the Central African Republic
ArmigerCentral African Republic
Adopted17 May 1963 (original)
21 September 1979 (readopted)[1]
Relinquished4 December 1976 (original)
CrestA golden sun bearing the date December 1st 1958, topped by a ribbon bearing ZO KWE ZO
"All People are People"
ShieldQuarterly; first: vert, an elephant's head cabossed argent; second: argent, a tree eradicated vert; third: Or, three mullets of four points sable, one and two, each charged with a roundel argent; fourth: azure, a hand couped pointing to dexter chief gules. Upon an inescutcheon gules a roundel argent charged with a map of Africa sable surmounted by a mullet Or.
SupportersThe flag of the Central African Republic
MottoUnité, Dignité, Travail
"Unity, Dignity, Work"
Order(s)Order of Central African Merit

The coat of arms of the Central African Republic consists of a shield in the center, with two flags on its edges, and with a sun rising over the shield. Below and above the shield are banners, and there is the badge of the Order of Central African Merit located below the shield as well.

Symbolism

ZO KWE ZO, the motto in Sango, means "A man is a man" or "All people are people".

The elephant and the baobab tree represent nature and the backbone of the country. The gold star on a map of Africa symbolizes the position of the Central African Republic. The hand (bottom right quarter) was the symbol of the dominant MESAN party in 1963 when the arms were adopted. The bottom left quarter holds three diamonds, which symbolize the mineral resources of the country.

The medal under the shield is the honorific decoration of the Order of Central African Merit.

An earlier version of the coat of arms had the words "1er DECEMBRE 1958" written within the sun.[2]

Former coats of arms

Coat of arms of the Central African Republic
Description
The coat of arms of the autonomous republic of Ubangi-Shari and later the independent Central African Republic.
Years in use
1958–1963
Coat of arms of the Central African Empire
Description
The Imperial coat of arms of the Central African Empire.
Years in use
1976–1979

See also

References

  1. ^ After the overthrown of Bokassa I in 1979, the emblem changed back to the original ones
  2. ^ Guide to the Flags of the World by Mauro Talocci, revised and updated by Whitney Smith (ISBN 0-688-01141-1), p. 145.