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The Ghana Coat of Arms is found on all official government letterheads. It symbolizes government sanction and it is found at important Government places like the Osu Castle, the Courts and government offices.
(The Coat of Arms was designed by Mr. Amon Kotei)
The Ghana coat of Arms is composed of a shield, divided into four quarters by a green St. George’s Cross, rimmed with gold. The following are the symbols in the quarters and their meaning.
CROSSED LINGUISTS’ STAFF AND CEREMONIAL SWORD ON A BLUE BACKGROUND
Position: Top left-hand quarter. Represents Local Administration
A HERALDIC CASTLE ON A HERALDIC SEA WITH A LIGHT BACKGROUND. Position: Top right-hand quarter. Represents National Government.
A COCOA TREE
Position: Bottom left-hand quarter.
Represents the agricultural wealth of the country
A MINE SHAFT
Position: Bottom right-hand quarter.
Represents the mineral wealth of the country
A GOLD LION
Position: In the centre of the Green St George’s Cross Represents the continuing link between Ghana and the Commonwealth
BLACK FIVE-POINTED STAR RIMMED WITH GOLD STANDING ON THE WREATH OF RED, GOLD AND GREEN COLOURS
Position: On top of the shield.
Represents the lone star of African Freedom
TWO EAGLES, AROUND EACH OF WHOSE NECK HANGS A BLACK STAR SUSPENDED FROM A RIBBON OF GHANA’S COLOURS - RED, GOLD AND GREEN
Position: Supporting the shield on the left and right hand side. Signifies s a protector with strength, very clear and attentive eyes keeping watch over the country.
The motto FREEDOM AND JUSTICE is found under the shield. It represents national aspirations.