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Coat of arms of Lesotho

The coat of arms of Lesotho was adopted on 4 October 1968 following independence. Pictured is a crocodile on a Basotho shield. This is the symbol of the dynasty of Lesotho's largest ethnicity, the Basotho. Behind the shield there are two crossed weapons, an assegai (lance) and a knobkierie (club). To the left and right of the shield are supporters of the shield, two Basutho horses. In the foreground there is a ribbon with the national motto of Lesotho: Khotso, Pula, Nala (Sesotho, to English: Peace, Rain, Prosperity). The crocodile on the shield has been retained from the arms of Basutoland, the predecessor to Lesotho.

Coat of arms of Lesotho
Coat of arms of Lesotho.svg
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Coat of arms of Lesotho (1966-2006).svg
1966-2006
ArmigerKing Letsie III
Adopted4 October 1968
BlazonUpon a Basotho shield: Gules a crocodile embowed Azure
SupportersTwo Basotho horses proper
CompartmentThe summit of Thaba Bosiu
MottoKhotso, Pula, Nala
"Peace, Rain, Prosperity"
Other elementsBehind the escutcheon, a thyrsus of Ostrich feathers erect and a barbed assegai and knobkerrie per saltire.

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