|Coat of arms of Malta|
|Armiger||Republic of Malta|
|Crest||A mural crown with a Sally port and five turrets or|
|Escutcheon||Flag of Malta: Per pale Argent and Gules, a representation of George Cross Argent fimbriated Gules in Dexter Chief|
|Supporters||Dexter, An olive Branch; Sinister, A Palm branch in vert all in their proper colours, tied at base with a ribbon Argent, backed Gules and upon which are written the words in capital letters Sable and it is the name of the Country in the Maltese language|
|Motto||REPUBBLIKA TA' MALTA|
The present coat of arms is described by the Emblem and Public Seal of Malta Act of 1988 as a shield showing an heraldic representation of the national flag of Malta; above the shield a mural crown in gold with a sally port and five turrets representing the fortifications of Malta and denoting a city-state; and around the shield a wreath of two branches: the dexter of Olive, the sinister of Palm, symbols of peace and traditionally associated with Malta, all in their proper colours, tied at base with a white ribbon, backed red and upon which are written the words Repubblika ta' Malta (“Republic of Malta” in Maltese) in capital letters in black.
The coat of arms of Malta also appears on the obverse of the Maltese euro commemorative coins, minted in 2008 and 2009 in both silver and gold collectors' editions.
Coats of arms between 1800 and 1964
Malta was a British protectorate from 1800 to 1813 and a colony from 1813 to 1964. The coat of arms used in Malta were the arms of Great Britain. However, Malta had three colonial badges between 1875 and 1964. The first (1875-c.1898) showed a white Maltese cross on a white and red panel, the second (c.1898-1943) showed a white and red shield (like the arms of Mdina), and the third (1943–1964) was like the 1898 arms, but with a George Cross on a blue canton on the white half. All three badges were featured on the Maltese state ensigns, and the second badge appeared on the low values of Malta's 1926-1930 definitive postage stamps, along with the portrait of King George V.
Coats of arms between 1964 and 1988
The fist coat of arms of Malta was adopted upon independence on 21 September 1964. It depicts two dolphins which support a blazon of the Maltese flag, one with a palm branch and the other with an olive twig representing Victory and Peace respectively. Above is a crown shaped like a fort with five octagonal turrets surmounts a helmet, with red and white ribbons. Below are blue waves representing the surrounding Mediterranean Sea, the Maltese eight-pointed Cross representing the connection with the Order of St. John, and the motto Virtute et Constantia (by Valour and Firmness) on a ribbon. Nowadays, this motto is used by the National Order of Merit. This coat of arms was also used on some commemorative coins issued by the Central Bank until 1975 and appeared on the high value £2 postage stamp from the definitive set of 1973.
A second emblem was adopted on the 11 July 1975, a year after Malta became a republic. It showed a coastal scene with the rising sun, a traditional Maltese boat (the 'Luzzu'), a shovel and a pitchfork, and an Opuntia. All of these symbols are somewhat connected to Malta. Underneath the image the then new name of the state "Repubblika Ta' Malta" (Republic of Malta) was written. This coat of arms was controversial and it was replaced by the current coat of arms soon after the Nationalist Party won the 1987 election.
This coat of arms could be still seen on a number of coins minted in 1986 which were still in circulation until 1 January 2008 when Malta changed its currency to the euro.
Coats of arms of cities
Every city in Malta has its own coat of arms. Each has a mural crown with three or four turrets. Valletta, Mdina and the Birgu have four turrets, while the rest have three.
Valletta (Città Umilissima). Gules a lion Or langued and armed of the first.
Mdina (Città Notabile). Per pale Argent and Gules.
Birgu (Città Vittoriosa). Gules a hand couped proper clad Argent holding a sword erect Argent surrounded by a wreath Vert.
Bormla (Città Cospicua). Or a cotton plant eradicated fructed proper.
Isla/Senglea (Città Invicta). Or on a saltire Sable five scallops Argent.
Qormi (Città Pinto). Argent, five crescents in saltire Gules.
Rabat (Città Victoria). Azure a triple-mount Or on a chief of the same the letters VR Gules.
Siġġiewi (Città Ferdinand). Argent on a fess Gules a cross couped Or.
Żabbar (Città Hompesch). Gules a saltire engrailed Argent.
Żebbuġ (Città Rohan). Gules nine mascles Or.
Żejtun (Città Beland). Argent a cross Vert.
The villages also have similar coats of arms, but without the mural crown.
- Capital City of Valletta (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- Old City of L-Imdina (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Il-Birgu (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Bormla (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of L-Isla (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Ħal Qormi (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- Capital City of Ir-Rabat in Gozo (Malta) , Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Is-Siġġiewi (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Ħaż Żabbar (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Ħaż Żebbuġ (Malta Island) (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
- City of Iż Żejtun (Malta) on Flags of the World. Accessed 2013-04-28.
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