Coat o airms o Colombie
The Coat o Airms o Colombie contains a shield wi numerous symbols. Perched on top o the shield is an Andean Condor hauldin an olive croun an the condor seembolizin freedom. The naitional motto, Libertad y Orden (Spainyie for Liberty an Order), is on a scroll in atween the bird an the shield in black font ower gaulden backgrund. The condor is depictit facin front wi his wings extendit an leukin tae the richt.
The naitional banner is draped on each side o the shield. The shield is broken intae three portions. In the lawermaist portion is a depiction o ships, pointin tae the maritime history o Colombie, namely tae the Isthmus o Panama, which wis pairt o Colombie till 1903. Nouadays represents the twa oceans that border the kintra (Atlantic an Pacific). The sails mean the Colombian commerce wi the rest o the warld an the risin economy. In the middle section, ower a field o platinum, the Phrygian cap is presentit; this being a traditional seembol o liberty an freedom. The topmost section contains a pomegranate ower a field o azure, as a seembol o the Viceroyalty o New Granada (early colonial name o Colombie back in 19t century), in the middle flanked bi twa cornucopias or ,,, bi Francisco de Paula Santander, an wis adoptit via Act 3 o Mey 9, 1834, wi later non-essential modifications accordin tae Ordinance 861 o 1924.
Some critics hae argued that the Coat o Airms is ootdatit an anachronistic, being the Andean Condor a vera threatened species in the kintra, wi barely 100 creatures soarin the landscape. It haes an aa been discussed that the condor is still a vulture an feeds o carrion, makin it an animal wi a law profile that niver hunts its awn fuid. In addition, the andean condor is an aa the naitional bird o Ecuador, Bolivie, Chile an Argentinae. The pomegranate, being a Mediterranean fruit is no currently cultivatit in Colombie an the phrygian cap is o Greek oreegin. The Isthmus of Panama, nae langer belongin tae Colombie, haes an aa been suggestit tae be chynged.