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Coat of arms of the Central African Republic

Coat of arms of the Central African Republic
Armiger Central African Republic
Adopted 17 May 1963
Crest A golden sun bearing the date December 1st 1958, topped by a ribbon bearing ZO KWE ZO
"All People are People"
Escutcheon Quarterly; first: vert, an elephant's head cabossed argent; second: argent, a tree eradicated vert; third: Or, three mullets of four points sable, one and two, each charged with a roundel argent; fourth: azure, a hand couped pointing to dexter chief gules. Upon an inescutcheon gules a roundel argent charged with a map of Africa sable surmounted by a mullet Or.
Supporters The flag of the Central African Republic
Motto Unité, Dignité, Travail
"Unity, Dignity, Work"
Orders Order of Central African Merit

The coat of arms of the Central African Republic consists of a shield in the center, with two flags on its edges, and with a sun rising over the shield. Below and above the shield are banners, and there is the badge of the Order of Central African Merit located below the shield as well.


  • Symbolism 1
  • Former coats of arms 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


ZO KWE ZO, the motto in Sango, means "A man is a man" or "All people are people".

The elephant and the baobab tree represent nature and the backbone of the country. The gold star on a map of Africa symbolizes the position of the Central African Republic. The hand (bottom right quarter) was the symbol of the dominant MESAN party in 1963 when the arms were adopted. The bottom left quarter holds three diamonds, which symbolize the mineral resources of the country.

The medal under the shield is the honorific decoration of the Order of Central African Merit.

An earlier version of the coat of arms had the words "1er DECEMBRE 1958" written within the sun.[1]

Former coats of arms

Coat of arms of the Central African Republic
Date in use 1958–1963
Description The coat of arms of the autonomous republic of Ubangi-Shari and later the independent Central African Republic.
Coat of arms of the Central African Empire
Date in use 1976–1979
Description The Imperial coat of arms of the Central African Empire.


  1. ^ Guide to the Flags of the World by Mauro Talocci, revised and updated by Whitney Smith (ISBN 0-688-01141-1), p. 145.

See also

External links

  • National Arms and Emblems Past and Present – Central African Republic
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