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Coat of arms of The Gambia
ArmigerRepublic of The Gambia
CrestIssuant from a Mount Vert, an Oil Palm Nut Tree fructed proper
TorseOr and Azure
ShieldAzure, a Locar axe and a Mandinka Hoe in saltire Or, a Bordure parted per bordure Vert and Argent
Supporterson either side a Lion guardant proper, the dexter supporting a Locar Axe and the sinister a Mandinka Hoe, both Or
MottoProgress, Peace, Prosperity
Earlier version(s)
Gambia Colony and Protectorate

The coat of arms of The Gambia has been in use since 18 November 1964. It depicts two lions holding an axe and hoe, supporting a shield that depicts another pair of hoe and axe, crossed. Atop the shield is set the heraldic helmet and an oil palm as a crest. At the bottom is the national motto: Progress – Peace – Prosperity. The Gambian coat of arms also appeared in the fly of the Gambian air force ensign.


The two lions represent the colonial history of The Gambia as part of the British Empire. The crossed axe and hoe represent the importance of agriculture to The Gambia. They are also considered to represent the two major ethnic groups of The Gambia: the Mandinka and the Fulani. The crest, a palm tree, is also a vital national tree.[1]

The design was created by Nicholas Potin, a government employee with the Department of Surveys, who won a national competition to design it.[2]



The Coat of arms of The Gambia Armed Forces service branches had variations:

See also


  1. ^ Whitney Smith (1975). Flags through the ages and across the world. McGraw-Hill. p. 234. ISBN 978-0-07-059093-9.
  2. ^ Bakary Dabo (1992). The voice of the people: the story of the PPP, 1959–1989. Baroueli.