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Lesotho Coat of Arms

[Lesotho Coat of Arms] image from Ralf Hartemink's website.

On independence on 4 October 1966 the Kingdom of Lesotho adopted a new Coat of Arms. Details of the new symbols were published in the Government Gazette Extraordinary of 30 September 1966 and are as follows:
ARMS: On a Lesotho shield Or, a crocodile embowed proper; behind the shield a thyrsus of Ostrich feathers erect and a barbed assegai and knobkerrie in saltire Or.
SUPPORTERS: On a compartment below the shield representing the summit of Thaba Bosiu, two horses proper.
MOTTO: Khotso Pula Nala (Peace, Rain, Prosperity)
Bruce Berry, 19 February 1998

The coat of arms represented in Smith's book has a shield that is much like the device on the new Lesotho flag. I don't know if it was changed together with the flag.
Zeljko Heimer, 1 May 1996

When the flag changed in 1987, the coat of arms remained the same.
Nthakoana, 21 May 1998

Basutoland Coat of Arms

[Basutoland Coat of Arms] image from Ralf Hartemink's website.

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