National Arms of Sierra Leone

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Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms were designed and adopted in 1960.

The arms show a lion beneath a zigzag border, representing the Lion Mountains (Sierra Leone in Spanish), after which the country was named. It also shows three torches which are meant to symbolize education and progress. At the base are wavy bars depicting the sea. The green represents agricultural and natural resources, the blue represents the Harbour of Freetown and the white represents unity and justice.

The supporters are lions, similar to those on the former colonial badge. The motto is Unity-Freedom-Justice.


The arms on a tobacco card (1910)

(reverse)

The arms as shown in the 1920s

The arms on a 1997 coin

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