National Arms of Tunesia
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Civic heraldry of Tunisia
THE NATIONAL ARMS OF TUNISIA
The lion significates "Order" (in arabic, it's written and pronunciated "Nidham"), the ship is the meaning of "Freedom" ("Hurriya") and the balance is the "Justice" (Adala).
The colours are not officially defined. Since 1989 the image above is generally used, with the whole shield golden. The image below, is the coloured version, which currently is no longer or rarely used. The arms can also be seen with the lower half reversed, as seen on the image below.
The coloured version of the arms
The arms on a First Day Cover (1962), lower half reversed
The arms on a coin
The arms were adopted just after the independence in 1956. Prior to that the arms of the Protectorate of Tunis were rather different:
The arms on a trade card from around 1905
The arms on a postcard from around 1910
The arms on a postcard by Barré Dayez (1950s)
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