Coat of arms of Gabon
|Coat of arms of Gabon|
|Introduced||July 15, 1963|
|Motto (motto)||Union, Travail, Justice ( French , "unity, work, justice")|
|Other elements||Okoumé tree|
- " Union, Travail, Justice "
- ( Unity, work, justice )
Above the sign is also a banner with a Latin motto :
- Uniti progrediemur.
- ( United we shall go forward. )
- The coat of arms was created by the Swiss heraldist L. Mühlemann and combines the national colors of Gabon with black as the color of Africa.
- The three golden balls symbolize the wealth of natural resources.
- The ship with the national flag on the stern stands for the will to progress and the great importance of the sea for the country.
- The shield rests on the golden trunk of a rooted okoumé tree, the wood of which was the country's most important export good until mining began in the 1960s and whose importance is underlined by the golden color.
- As a symbol of the president, the black panthers are supposed to remind of his task of watching over the welfare of the country.
- Karl-Heinz Hesmer: Flags and coats of arms of the world. History and symbolism of the flags and coats of arms of all states. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh 1992, ISBN 3-570-01082-1 .
- Flag lexicon (description of flag and coat of arms)