National Arms of Benin
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National Coat of arms of Benin
The arms were introduced in 1964, but were replaced by a non heraldic logo in 1975. In 1994 the arms were re-adopted.
The first quarter shows the Somba castle, which represents the strong history of the country. The second quarter shows the Star of Benin, the highest award of Benin.
The third qyuarter shows a palm tree for the rich nature and agriculture. The fourth shows a ship for the European arrivals and trade.
The crest shows two cornucopia, which stand for the prosperity and richness of the country.
The supporters are two leopards, the national animal.
The motto, Fraternité, Justice, Travail, translates as Fellowship, Justice, Work
The national symbol from 1975-1994:
Use of the arms
The arms on a coin from 1971
The arms on a coin from 1999
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