Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic
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|Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic|
|Adopted||6 November 1844 |
(altered at least 20 times)
|Motto||Dios, Patria, Libertad |
"God, Homeland, Liberty"
The coat of arms of the Dominican Republic features a shield in similarly quartered colors as the flag, supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right); above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Homeland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon. In the center of the shield, flanked by six spears (three on each side), the front four holding the national flag, is a Bible with a small golden cross above it. The coat of arms appears in the center of the flag of the Dominican Republic.
The National Arms have the same colors as the National Flag arranged in the same manner. It has in the center a Bible open at the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 8, Verse 32, and above it a cross, issuing from a trophy of two spears and four national flags without arms, to both sides; there is a laurel branch on the left side and one of palm on the right. It is surmounted by an ultramarine ribbon, in which is written the motto “Dios, Patria y Libertad”. In its base another, vermilion ribbon with its ends turned up with the words “República Dominicana”. The shape of the shield is rectangular, with its upper corners protruding and lower rectangular, the center of its base ends with a point, and positioned in such a way, that drawing a horizontal line joining two vertical lines of the rectangle from where the lower angles begin results in a perfect square.