Coat Of Arms

The coat of arms of Cameroon consists of a shield with a banner above and below it.  Behind the shield are two crossed fasces. The shield has the same color pattern as the flag of Cameroon, and in the center is a map of the nation. The scales of justice are superimposed on top of the map of the nation. The banner at the bottom gives the name of the nation in French and English. The top banner contains the national motto: Peace, Work, and Fatherland. The fasces are a symbol of the republic's authority, and the scales of justice represent justice. The previous version of the state arms had text in French only, with "République du Cameroun – 1er Janvier 1960" on a scroll above the shield, and "Paix, Travail, Patrie" below the shield. The shield differed in that the green and yellow areas to left and right each had one large blue five-pointed star, while the central red area did not have a star on top (so that the blue map outline of Cameroon extended higher).