Ghana coat of arms

The coat of arms of Ghana was designed by Ghanaian artist Nii Amon Kotei and was introduced on 4 March 1957.


The first quarter, on the upper left shows a sword used by chiefs, and a staff, used by the linguist (known as an okyeame in Akan), at ceremonies. It is a symbol for the traditional authority of Ghana.

Osu Castle

The second quarter shows a representation of Osu Castle on the sea, the presidential palace on the Gulf of Guinea, symbolizes the national government.

Cocoa tree

The third quarter of the shield shows a cocoa tree, which embodies the agricultural wealth of Ghana.

Gold mine

The fourth quarter shows a gold mine, which stands for the richness of industrial minerals and natural resources in Ghana.

St George’s Cross, gold lion

A gold lion centred on a green St George’s Cross with gold fimbriation on the field of blue, represents the continuing link between Ghana and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Black star

The crest is a Black star of Africa with gold outline, upon a torse in the national colours.

Two golden Tawny eagles

Supporting the shield are two golden Tawny eagles, with the Order of the Star of Ghana suspended from their necks.


The shield stands for a weapon which helps to fight poverty, ignorance and hunger

Grassy field

The compartment upon which the supporters stand is composed of a grassy field, under which a scroll bears the national motto.

National motto of Ghana

Freedom and Justice.