Coat of arms of Jamaica

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Coat of arms of Jamaica
Coat of arms of Jamaica.svg
Details
Armiger Elizabeth II, Queen of Jamaica
Adopted 1962
Crest Upon a representation of the Royal Helmet lambrequined Or doubled Argent, Upon a Log fesse wise a Crocodile Proper
Torse Argent and Gules
Escutcheon Argent on a Cross Gules five pineapples slipped Or
Supporters On the dexter side a West Indian Native Woman holding in the exterior hand a Basket of Fruits and on the sinister side a West Indian Native Man supporting by the exterior hand a Bow all proper
Motto Out of many, one people

Considered as a legacy from the British with slight modifications, the Jamaican Coat of Arms was granted to Jamaica in 1661 under Royal Warrant. The original was designed by William Sancroft, then Archbishop of Canterbury.[1]

The motto of the seal has been a matter of discussion for years since inception. The original motto, INDVS VTERQVE SERVIET VNI is the Latin translation for "The two Indians will serve as one", or rather "Both Indies will serve Together", in reference to the collective servitude of the Taino and Arawak Indians to the colonizers. The motto was replaced in 1962 with the English motto "Out of Many, One People",[2] as tribute to the unity of the different cultural minorities inhabiting the nation. Perhaps as coincidence, the motto has the same meaning as the motto of the United States; E Pluribus Unum.

Changes in the coat of arms[edit]

The Jamaican coat of arms has seen quite a number of changes, but only three are officially recorded. These changes occurred in 1906, 1957 and 1962.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Symbols". The National Library of Jamaica. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ "This day in 1962". The Gleaner. April 4, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2012.