Coat of arms of Yukon

Coat of arms of Yukon
The Arms of Yukon
Coat of arms of Yukon.svg
Crest of the Commissioner of Yukon.svg
Arms of the Commissioner
Armiger Yukon
Adopted 1956
Crest Alaskan Malamute standing on a mound of snow

The Coat of Arms of Yukon was commissioned by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and designed by well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoe in the early 1950s. It was approved officially by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.

The lower part of the shield represents Yukon's mountains,[1] with the gold disks (called "bezants," a medieval gold coin) representing the territory's mineral resources and its birth in the Klondike Gold Rush. The two white wavy lines represents the territory's rivers.

In chief, the red cross represents England,[1] the disk surmounting it is in a pattern called "vair," a type of heraldic fur (literally squirrel fur), and representing the territory's wealth of fur-bearing animals.

The crest is an Alaskan Malamute dog standing on a mound of snow.


Shield: Azure, on a pallet wavy Argent, a like pallet of the field, issuant from base two piles reversed Gules, fimbriated also Argent, each charged with two bezants in pale, on a chief Argent a cross Gules, surmounted of a roundel vair.

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