National Arms of El Salvador

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Coat of arms (crest) of National Arms of El Salvador
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The present arms have been adopted on September 15, 1912.

The five volcanoes in the arms symbolize the five member states of the United Provinces of Central America. Above the volcanoes is a red Phrygian cap on a staff before a golden sun and the date 15 September 1821, the Independence Day of El Salvador.

Over it is a rainbow which means peace. Behind the coat of arms there are five national flags.
The motto Dios, Unión, Libertad means God, Union, Liberty.

All of this is surrounded by a laurel garland. The garland is divided into 14 different parts, which symbolize the 14 departaments of the country. The whole composition is surrounded by golden letters, which form the Spanish words REPÚBLICA DE EL SALVADOR EN LA AMÉRICA CENTRAL (Republic of El Salvador in Central America).

The basic composition of the arms dates from 1823 and has changed during the years, some other versions are shown below:

The arms in 1823

The arms in 1865

The arms on coins:

The arms on a coin from 1892

The arms on a coin from 1914

The arms on a coin from 1925

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