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image by Martin Grieve, 26 January 2002


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Coat of Arms

The full version of the Bahamian coat of arms can be seen on the Bahamian page of the Commonwealth-on-line Website. What is displayed below is just the central blazon.
Charlisa Cooper, 28 April 1999

I scanned image from Mauro Talocci book: "guide to flags of the world" and cleaned it.
Martin Grieve, 26 January 2002


Details of the Coat of Arms

[Shield of Bahamas]image by Jaume Ollé

Description of the coat of arms of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (1971):

Blazon (cf. above image): divided, in chief azure a rising sun irradiated or, in base, argent a Columbus ship proper surmounts barry nebuly of two azure;
Crest: atop a Sovereign's helm or a conch shell proper surrounded by five palm fronds vert on a wreath of the chief's colors, from which issues mantling azure lined argent;
Compartment: divided, dexter the sea argent and azure, sinister, the earth vert, overall the motto: Forward, upward, onward together on a band or lined azure;`
Supporters: a blue marlin dexter, a flamingo sinister both proper.

Designed by Hervis Bain of Nassau.

Sources:
Berryman, John. The Bahamas: A social studies course for secondary schools. (London: Macmilian Caribbean, 1980) 69-70.
Neubecker, Ottfried. A Guide to Heraldry. (London: McGraw Hill, 1979) 148.

Richard Oliver (forwarded by Nahum Shereshevsky), 4 December 1998