Coat of arms of Equatorial Guinea
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|Coat of arms of Equatorial Guinea|
|Armiger||Republic of Equatorial Guinea|
|Adopted||21 August 1979|
|Crest||Six gold six-pointed stars|
|Escutcheon||Argent, a Silk cotton tree proper|
|Motto||Unidade, Paz, Justicia
"Unity, Peace, Justice"
The national coat of arms of Equatorial Guinea was adopted on the 21st of August in 1979.
This coat of arms shows a grey shield, which contains a tree. This tree is a silk cotton tree, or so-called "God tree". This is where the first treaty was signed between Spain and the local ruler. Over the shield, there are six six-pointed stars. They stand for the mainland and the five main islands.
Underneath the shield is the national motto of Equatorial Guinea, Unidad, Paz, Justicia ("Unity, Peace, Justice"). The motto was adopted in 1968. During the dictatorship of Francisco Nguema (1972–79) the arms and motto were changed, a combination of different tools and swords with a cock over all, and motto on two stripes, in the middle of the arms Trabajo (work), and below Unidad, Paz, Justicia, but the original 1968 coat of arms' motto was restored afterward.
Historical coats of arms
Coat of arms of the Portuguese Gulf of Guinea Territories, then Spanish Guinea, now Equatorial Guinea
Coat of arms of the Spanish Rio Muni colony
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