Coat of arms of Australia

The coat of arms of Australia, officially called the Commonwealth Coat of Arms,[1] is the formal symbol of the Commonwealth of Australia.[2] A shield, depicting symbols of Australia's six states, is held up by the native Australian animals, the kangaroo and the emu. The seven-pointed Commonwealth Star surmounting the crest also represents the states and territories, while floral emblems appear below the shield.

Coat of arms of Australia
Versions
Escutcheon-only version
ArmigerElizabeth II in Right of Australia
Adopted19 September 1912
CrestA seven-pointed Star Or (the Commonwealth Star)
TorseOr and Azure
Blazonsee below
Supportersdexter a red kangaroo, sinister an emu, both proper
Compartmentnone, Golden wattle is depicted in its place in commonly used versions
Mottonone, the name of the country is written on a scroll in commonly used versions
Order(s)None
Coat of arms of Australia 1908–1912
ArmigerMonarch in Right of Australia
(Edward VII 1908–1910)
(George V 1910–1912)
Adopted7 May 1908
CrestCommonwealth Star
TorseWhite and blue
SupportersRed kangaroo and emu
CompartmentGrassy field proper
MottoAdvance Australia

The first arms were authorised by King Edward VII on 7 May 1908, and the current version by King George V on 19 September 1912, although the 1908 version continued to be used in some contexts, notably appearing on the reverse of the sixpenny coin.


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