National arms of Jamaica

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Official blazon

  • (1661) : Argent, a cross gules, thereon five pineapples or. Crest, a crocodile on a log, proper. Supporters, dexter, a West Indian native woman proper, crined or, girt about the waist with feathers alternately gules and argent, holding a basket of fruit, the head wreathed with a band azure rising therefrom a feather gold; sinister, a West Indian native man proper, girt about the waist with the feathers, holding in his hand a bow or, the head wreathed with a band azure, rising therefrom a circlet of feathers alternately gules and argent.

Origin/meaning

The above arms were adopted on August 6, 1962.

Jamaica was the first British colony to receive its own arms on February 3, 1661. The arms show the English red cross with 5 pineapples, symbol for the local economy. As a crest a crocodile is used and two Arawak Indians were added as supporters, holding a pineapple and a bow. The motto 'Indus uterque serviet uni' means 'Both Indies will serve one'. Even though several details have been changed, the basic design has not been changed.

On April 8, 1957 new arms were granted, due to the doubtful blazon of the original arms. A Royal helm and mantling were added and the design of the different elements changed slightly.

Just before the independence, on July 13, 1962 the motto was replaced by the new motto 'Out of many, one people'. The colour of the scroll was also adjusted.

After the independence in 1962, a few more small colour changes were made.


The arms from 1661

The arms from 1957

The arms from 1962

3D version of the arms

The arms on a coin from 1934

The arms on a coin from 1988

The arms on collector's items


The arms on a UK tobacco card by Edwards, Ringers and Biggs

The arms on a UK tobacco card by Wills's

The arms on a US tobacco card by Helmars

The arms on a Spanish cigar band

The arms in a German album

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Literature : Alexander, 1899