National Arms of Nigeria

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NATIONAL ARMS OF NIGERIA

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Official blazon

Sable a Pall wavy argent, supported by two horses Argent, and set for a crest on a wreath, Argent and Vert, an eagle displayed Gules.

Origin/meaning

The arms were officially granted on May 20, 1960.

The wavy pall symbolises the NIger and the Benue river, which join in the country and together form a delta.

The black shield represents Nigeria's power work force, while the two horse supporters on each side represent power and strength.

The eagle represents strength, while the green and white bands on the top of the shield represent the rich soil. The red flowers at the base are a species of Crocus, Nigeria's national flower. This flower was chosen for inclusion in the coat of arms as it is found all over Nigeria.

The motto "Unity and Faith" was changed in 1978 to "Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress".

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A coin with the arms with the old motto.
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A coin with the current arms

During colonial times Nigeria did not have its own arms, but the government used a badge:

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The badge on an Abadie trade card (1930s)
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The arms of a Ty-Phoo trade card, 1939


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