National Arms of Guinea-Bissau

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Civic heraldry of Guinea-Bissau


Arms of National Arms of Guinea-Bissau

Official blazon


The above State Logo was adopted in 1973. The motto means 'Unity-Battle-Strength'.

In 1935 the then Portuguese colony received its first arms, based on the same structure as all Portuguese colonies. The upper right half and the bottom are identical for all colonies and show the 5 shields of the Portuguese National arms and the waves for the 'overseas' colonies. The upper left half differs between the colonies and for Guinea-Bissau a Moor's head on a golden staff was chosen. The meaning of this symbol I do not know. When in 1951 the colony was transformed into a province, the text on the banner was changed. The arms were abandoned at the independence in 1973.


The arms from 1935

The arms from 1951

Use of the arms


The arms on a coin from 1973

The arms on a coin from 1977

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