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Honduras - Coat of Arms

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Coat of Arms

Here and here there are two more versions of the CoA.
Fred Drews, 21 November 1999

Honduras also has 15 SEPTIEMBRE  - 1821 - as El Salvador does, but in the same ovoidal scroll as its extended name 'REPCA [ca in smaller underlined letters] DE HONDURAS LIBRE SOBERANA INDEPENDIENTE' (free, sovereign and independent).
Ivan Sache, 11 September 1999

Here is translation of the information that is at <www.intertel.hn> (defunct):

National Coat-of-Arms of Honduras

The National Congress decrees:
Article 1 - The National Coat-of-Arms that shall be used is a equilateral triangle. On its base a volcano between two castles, over them is the rainbow and below it [and] behind the volcano a sun rises spreading light. The triangle [is] placed over land which appears to be bathed by both seas [Atlantic and Pacific]. Around it an oval containing in gold lettering: "REPUBLICA DE HONDURAS, LIBRE, SOBERANA E INDEPENDIENTE. 15 DE SEPTIEMBRE DE 1821" [Republic of Honduras, Free, Sovereign and Independent. 15th September 1821] On the top part of the oval there is a quiver full of arrows from which hang horns of plenty joined with a knot resting over a mountain range from which clearly stand three oaktrees on the right handside and three pinetrees on the left, and the mines, a bar, a drill, a wedge, a sledgehammer and a hammer [all] distributed as appropriate.
Santiago Dotor, 15 September 1999

From <www.honduras.com>:
"Honduras, like all other countries that were Spanish colonies, used the shields of Spain, but once the country became independent, these shields were no longer necessary. Dionisio de Herrera, as the Head of the State of Honduras, decreed the creation of a national shield on October 3, 1825. Through his initiative, Honduras acquired its own national shield, one which represents Honduran history and the rich variety of national resources that it possesses and which should be protected and conserved. The National Congress thereby declared in its decree # 16 and article 142, designated the shield as a national symbol for all uses, in a clear and general manner. The National Congress approved this in Tegucigalpa on January 10, 1935. Tecleo aquí para la traducción española."
Here is the image from this site
Dov Gutterman
, 6 April 2000

I found an arc of five stars appears below the arms in 71 Pedersen's book and 91 Crampton's book while 75 Smith's /92 Hesmer's books do not show five stars.
I am wondering when the stars were officially removed from Coat of Arms.
Nozomi Kariyasu, 3 June 2000

As far as I know, the Naval Ensign features the stars under the Coat of Arms, which itself has no star
Armand du Payrat, 5 June 2000