A Round, white background, red border with the name of the country in Spanish, to the left a green palm branch and to the right a green olive branch, and both are tied together. In the middle there is a five-point yellow star
A lion, in front of a staff and liberty cap, with the National Motto
Round, white background, red border with the inscription: "República del Paraguay", to the left a green palm branch and to the right a green olive branch, and both are tied together. In the middle there is a yellow five-pointed star.
The reverse of the arms features a lion in front of a staff and a liberty cap, with the inscription "Paz y Justicia", meaning “peace and justice”. While probably most prominent on the reverse of the national flag, the reverse of the seal is also used by the Supreme Court of Paraguay, and is featured alongside the obverse on banknotes of the national currency, the guaraní.
The first design of the coat of arms dates to the year 1820, from the time of the dictatorship of Francia.
^"Merriam-Webster's Atlas". Retrieved February 14, 2012. Under the dictator José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia (1814-40) the French colors were adopted for the flag. The coat of arms (a golden star surrounded by a wreath) is on the obverse side, but the seal of the treasury (a lion, staff, and liberty cap, with the motto "Peace and Justice") is on the reverse; the flag is unique in this respect.