The Seychelles Coat of Arms was adopted on 27th May 1976, when the republic gained independence and ceased to be a colony.
Prior to this, the original coat of arms (which had been officially adopted in 1961) was a considerably simpler design which had been used as a less official emblem.
The new Coat of Arms was designed to represent Seychelles' fresh start as an independent republic, reflecting its natural heritage with a design that depicts a number of endemic species instantly recognisable as belonging to the archipelago of islands.
It features a shield, with a majestic coco de mer palm tree laden with fruit in the centre. As a major tourist attraction in Seychelles, the coco de mer is famous for having the largest and heaviest seeds in the world and is native to the islands of Praslin and Curieuse.
A giant Aldabra tortoise stands beneath the coco de mer tree at the bottom of the shield. Originating from the Aldabra Atoll, the tortoise is one of the largest species in the world and visitors to Seychelles are always keen to see it in its natural habitat.
The background consists of the Indian Ocean, two islands and a schooner, surrounded by a border of a silver helmet, a White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) in flight and two Indo-Pacific sailfish or Istiophorus Platypterus.
The subjects represent the island's typical wildlife - a tortoise on the land, the bird in the air and the fish in the sea. The schooner represents the fishing industry.
Tourism and fishing are the two most important industries to the Seychelles' economy.
Some of the colours on the Coat of Arms also appear on the Seychelles' national flag. The colour blue represents the sky and the sea surrounding the islands; red (the colour of the boat and parts of the shield's border) symbolises the people and their determination to work for the future in love and unity; white represents social justice and harmony; and the green grass symbolises the land and natural environment.
Beneath the shield, emblazoned on a ribbon, is the motto of Seychelles, "Finis Coronat Opus", which is Latin. It translates to, "The End Crowns the Work", which means achieving the goal gives value to the labour that produced it.