National arms of Seychelles
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Civic heraldry of Seychelles
THE NATIONAL ARMS OF SEYCHELLES
The arms were granted on May 27, 1976.
The arms show a landscape with a giant tortoise and a coconut tree in front, a blue sea, island and ship in the back and clouds in the sky.
The crest is a flying White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus). The supporters are two white swordfish.
The whole shows the island and its typical wildlife on land (tortoise), air (bird) and sea (fish.
The motto "Finis Coronat Opus" is Latin for "The End Crowns the Work".
The composition was derived from the earlier badge of the then Colony of the Seychelles, used from 1961-1977. This badge was already earlier in use as a less official emblem, as can be seen from the Abadie image below.
The badge from 1961
The arms in the Abadie albums (1930s)
The arms on a coin
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