Coat of arms of Lesotho
|Coat of arms of Lesotho|
|Armiger||King Letsie III|
|Adopted||4 October 1968|
|Escutcheon||Upon a Basotho shield: Gules a crocodile embowed Azure|
|Supporters||Two Basotho horses proper|
|Compartment||The summit of Thaba Bosiu|
|Motto||Khotso, Pula, Nala
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
|Other elements||Behind the escutcheon, a thyrsus of Ostrich feathers erect and a barbed assegai and knobkerrie per saltire.|
The coat of arms of Lesotho was adopted on 4 October 1966 following independence. Pictured is a crocodile on a Basotho shield. This is the symbol of the dynasty of Lesotho's largest ethnicity, the Sotho. Behind the shield there are two crossed weapons, an assegai (lance) and a knobkierie (club). To the left and right of the shield are supporters of the shield, two Basutho horses. In the foreground there is a ribbon with the national motto of Lesotho: Khotso, Pula, Nala (Sotho, to English: Peace, Rain, Prosperity). The crocodile on the shield has been retained from the arms of Basutoland, the predecessor to Lesotho.