Coat of arms of Benin
|Coat of arms of Benin|
|Armiger||Republic of Benin|
|Crest||Two horns (cornucopias) with corn in the ear and filled with sand|
|Escutcheon||A Shield is broken into four quadrants: (1) Somba Castle, (2) Star of Benin, (3) Palm Tree, (4) Ship.|
|Motto||Fraternité, Justice, Travail |
"Brotherhood, Justice, Work"
The coat of arms of Benin, was introduced in 1964. It was replaced in 1975. Then it was readopted in 1990.
At the top of the emblem is the national crest that has two horns with corn in the ear and filled with sand. These are to stand for prosperity. Below the crest is a shield that has the actual coat of arms of Benin.
The shield is broken into four quadrants. The top left quadrant has a castle in the style of the Somba. This is for the history of Benin. In the top right quadrant, is the Star of Benin. This is the highest award of the nation. Below this is a ship, that stands for the arrival of Europeans in Benin. In the lower left quadrant is a palm tree.