|Coat of arms of Benin|
|Armiger||Republic of Benin|
|Crest||Two cornucopias containing corn and sand|
|Escutcheon||Quarterly: 1 Argent a Somba castle proper, 2 Argent the Star of Benin proper, 3 Argent a palm tree proper, 4 Per fess wavy at nombril point argent and Azure, a sailing ship proper.|
|Supporters||Two leopards rampant.|
|Motto||Fraternité, Justice, Travail ("Brotherhood, Justice, Work")|
At the top of the emblem is the national crest that consists of two horns with corn in the ear and filled with sand. These are reputed to stand for prosperity. Below the crest is a shield that contains the actual coat of arms of Benin.
The shield is broken into four quadrants. The top left quadrant contains a castle in the style of the Somba, representative of the history of Benin. In the top right quadrant, is the Star of Benin, the highest award of the nation. Below this is a ship, that stands for the arrival of Europeans in Benin. In the lower left quadrant is a palm tree.
In 1975, the People's Republic of Benin (as the country was then known - see history of Benin for more details) adopted a new coat of arms which reflected the country's adherence to Marxism-Leninism. The symbolism of the flag was as follows:
The coat of arms also featured the initials of the country: RPB (French: République populaire du Bénin).