Coat of arms of Seychelles

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Coat of arms of the Republic of Seychelles
Coat of arms of Seychelles.svg
Coat of arms of Seychelles (1976-1996).svg
ArmigerRepublic of Seychelles
Adopted27 May 1976, 18 June 1996
CrestWater barry wavy Azure and Argent a White Tailed Tropic Bird (Phaeton lepturus lepturus) volant proper.
TorseAzure, Or, Gules, Argent and Vert
BlazonAzure, a Female Coco de Mer Palm (Lodoicea maldivica) issuant from the base a grassy mount thereon a Giant Tortoise (Testudo gigantea) the whole in front of water rising therefrom to the dexter an Island and sailing thereon a two-masted Schooner in full sail all proper.
SupportersTwo Sail Fish (Istiophorus gladius) proper
"The End Crowns the Work"

The coat of arms of the Republic of Seychelles shows a shield, in which a giant tortoise is located on green grounds. On the ground there is a coco de mer palm tree. Behind it there is a blue sea with two islands and a sail ship to be seen. The shield is enthroned by a silver helmet, on which a white-tailed tropicbird is located above blue and white waves. The shield is supported by two white sailfish. Beneath the shield the motto of Seychelles is stated: "Finis Coronat Opus" (a phrase traditionally attributed to Ovid[1]) (Latin for "The End Crowns the Work").[2]


First coat of arms[edit]

After the separation of Seychelles from the Mauritius in 1903, a new badge for Seychelles was adopted.[3] The new badge was designed by Major-General Charles George Gordon.[4]. The badge consisted of a disc with a picture of the coast of Mahé with a Coco de mer on the shore, some shrubs and a giant Tortoise . On a listel in the base is the motto Finis Coronat Opvs.[3]

Second coat of arms[edit]

The second coat of arms was embellished and augmented in 1961. The coat of arms was designed by Mrs. Alec McEwen of Toronto.[5] On the coat of arms, a second island was added, symbolizing the other 114 islands of the archipelago. In the ocean, a schooner symbolizes the traffic between the islands. Around the badge is a bordure with stylized waves and the title and the motto of the colony.[3]

Current coat of arms[edit]

First variant[edit]

The current coat of arms was given by the Royal Warrant of Queen Elizabeth II, dated 27 May 1976.[3]

Second variant[edit]

On 18th June 1996, by the National Symbols Act of 1996, the colour of the coat of arms were changed to a brighter color. The most significant change was the change of the torse on the helmet, from white-blue-red (based on the older Seychellois flag), to blue-yellow-red-white-green (the color of the current flag of Seychelles).[6]


First coat of arms[edit]

Second coat of arms[edit]

Current coat of arms[edit]


  1. ^ Wiktionary: finis coronat opus
  2. ^ "Government of Seychelles - National Ceremony & Symbols".
  3. ^ a b c d de Vries, Hubert (December 23, 2008). "SEYCHELLES". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Grieve, Martin (December 6, 2009). "Seychelles - Colonial flags". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  5. ^ Janicki, Ann (April 28, 2005). "Detail of badge (1961-1976)". Retrieved August 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (June 18, 1996). "New National Symbols of the Republic of Seychelles" (PDF). Retrieved August 23, 2018.

External links[edit]

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