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Coat of arms of Benin
Benin COA.png
Armiger Republic of Benin
Adopted 1964
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")

The Coat of Arms of Benin, originally introduced in 1964,[1] was readopted in 1990 after being replaced in 1975.

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.

The shield is supported by a pair of leopards, the national animal of Benin. Below the shield is the motto of Benin (Fellowship, Justice, Work) in French.

Former coat of arms

Former coat of arms of Benin (1975–1990).

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[1][2]:

  • Green symbolized the nature of the country
  • The red star symbolized socialism
  • The corn cobs represented agriculture and farmers
  • The cog-wheel represented industry and the working class

The coat of arms also featured the initials of the country: RPB (French: République populaire du Bénin).


  1. ^ a b Wappen Benins (German Wikipedia)
  2. ^ "Coat of arms of Benin" Flags of the World

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