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Chad: Coat of Arms and Seal

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Coat of Arms of Chad
Image from adapted by Ivan Sache

The coat of arms was adopted on 11 August 1970. It was designed by two Frenchmen in European style (shortly before the promotion of "chaditude" by Tombalbaye, who did not "chadize" the arms). The arms have the colours of the national flag. The wavy blue bars on the yellow shield symbolize Lake Chad. The supporters are a mountain goat, symbolizing the north of the country, and a lion, symbolizing the south of the country. The red arrows on the supporter's fur and the ribbon are for salt. The medal below the shield is for the National Order of Chad. The coat of arms seems to be scarcely used in Chad and mostly appears on medals and post stamps sold to foreign collectors.
Source: Smith, 1976 [smi76], Dorling-Kindersley Pocket Book, 1997 [udk97]
Ivan Sache, 11 April 2003


The seal of Chad, adopted in 1959, shows a young native woman with elaborate plaits, and highlights the African character of the population. The image is surrounded by circles which form a ring in which REPUBLIQUE DU TCHAD and UNITE - TRAVAIL - PROGRES are written, in the upper and lower part of the ring, respectively. Two stars are placed horizontally in each median part of the ring. The seal is all black and white.
Source: Pedersen 1971 [ped71b], Tallocci 1993 [tal93]
Ivan Sache, 11 April 2003