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Ethiopian Coat of Arms

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National Emblem of Ethiopia

Derkwillem Visser's "Flaggen Wappen Hymnen" (1998) [vis98] states on page 51:  Staatswappen: Eingefürt 1996. Eine hellblaue runde Scheibe mit einem gelben Pentagram und fünf gelben Trapezen.  (Coat of arms: introduced 1996. A light blue round disk with a yellow pentagram and five yellow trapezes).  It shows the same emblem that used to be found in the middle of the 1996 flag.

In the new constitution that can be found at several places on Internet  (such as on ET embassy page) Article 3 mentions the symbol "only" as the national emblem. However, since the symbol does not follow heraldic tradition it may be more appropriate to call it the national emblem although we can assume that its usage and function is similar to that of a coat of arms.
Željko Heimer, 06 March 2001

I agree. I think this is purely terminological problem, possibly it would be more appropriate to talk about *national emblems*, some of them having traditionally the *form* of coat-of arms.  All my sources agree that the blue disk with the pentagram can be considered as the coat of arms of Ethiopia.
Jan Zrzavy, 07 March 2001