Coat of arms of Cyprus

Coat of arms of Cyprus
Coat of arms of Cyprus
Coat of arms of Cyprus.svg
Armiger Republic of Cyprus
Adopted September 1, 1960
Escutcheon Or (specified to be copper-yellow) a dove rising proper in its beak argent an olive branch proper vert; in base, the year "1960" written in Sable.
Other elements A wreath of olive branches vert surrounds the arms.

The coat of arms of Cyprus depicts a dove carrying an olive branch (a well-known symbol of peace) over “1960”, the year of Cypriot independence from British rule. The background is a copper-yellow colour; this symbolises the large deposits of copper ore on Cyprus (chiefly in the form of chalcopyrite, which is yellow in colour).

When Cyprus was a British Crown Colony, local colonial officials used a coat of arms (which were never in fact officially granted) of two lions passant guardant, based on the coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

See also

  • The Cypriot coat of arms was recently selected as the main motif of a very high value collectors' coin, the Cyprus introduction to the Eurozone commemorative coin, minted in 2008. The obverse depicts the Coat of arms of Cyprus while the reverse depicts Cyprus connected with a ring to Europe, οn a transfigured map.

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