Coat of arms of Namibia

The coat of arms of Namibia was adopted on 21 March 1990 on the independence of the country.


The coat of arms is divided into Blue and green red white fringed by a right oblique beams. In the front field is a golden sun. As a sign holder hold two naturalistic gemsbok the coat of arms on desert sand standing. In the desert sand a green Welwitschia. Above the shield on a golden-green toque, a fish eagle in the national colors. Under the coat of arms motto


The individual elements of the coat of arms have the following meaning: The coat of arms includes the flag of Namibia and also has the same symbolism (see here). It is common in sands of the millennia-old Namib desert.

In this sand, the Welwitschia mirabilis is rooted, one of the oldest plants in the world.

The African Fish Eagle represents the northern part of Namibia and its water resources. The African Fish Eagle is known for its piercing cry and its powerful appearance. He is supposed to represent the future of Namibia.

The two gemsbok on each side of the shield are typical of the semi-arid areas of Namibia. They symbolize elegance, pride and courage.

The coat of arms bears the English band motto of the state, which is called the fundamental principles of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia:


The German colonial office designed in 1913 for the protected area of German South West Africa a coat of arms showed a black eagle with black-silver geviertem breastplate in the golden head of the shield. Below in blue with a silver ox head was shown, between the horns was a diamond. Above the shield floated the German imperial crown.

This coat of arms was placed on the flag of the German Empire in slightly modified form.

Parts of this design were also found again in the 1961 coat of arms created for the managed by the Republic of South Africa, South West Africa.