Coat of arms of Sierra Leone
|Coat of arms of Sierra Leone|
|Armiger||Republic of Sierra Leone|
|Escutcheon||Vert a lion passant Or armed and langued Gules; A chief dancetée of three Argent with three torches Sable with flames Gules; In base Argent, two wavy bars Azure|
|Supporters||Two lions rampant Or armed and langued Gules, each supporting a coconut tree|
|Compartment||a grassy field proper|
|Motto||UNITY, FREEDOM, JUSTICE|
The shield on the arms depicts a lion beneath a zigzag border, representing the Lion Mountains, after which the country was named. It also shows three torches which are meant to symbolize peace and dignity. At the base are wavy bars depicting the sea.
The supporters of the shield are lions, similar to those on the colonial badge. The three main colours from the shield - green, white and blue - were used to form the flag.
The green represents agricultural and natural resources, the blue represents the Harbour of Freetown and the white represents unity and justice. At the bottom of the shield, the national motto can be seen.
The Coat of Arms of Sierra Leone are described as:
(a) for arms-
- Vert a lion passant Or armed and langued Gules.
- A chief dancetée of three Argent with three torches Sable with flames Gules.
- In base Argent, two wavy bars Azure.
(b) for the supporters-
- Two lions rampant Or armed and langued Gules, each supporting a coconut tree,
- They stand on a grassy field proper,
(c) with the motto "Unity, Freedom, Justice”.