Coat o airms o Estonie
The current coat o airms o Estonie is a golden shield which includes three slim, blue leopards (or lions passant guardant) in the middle, wi oak branches alang the side o the shield. The insignie wis copied frae the coat o airms o Denmark, which ruled Northren Estonie in the 13t century.
The Riigikogu (the state assembly) o the independent Republic o Estonie offeecially adoptit the coat o airms on Juin 19, 1925.
Housomeivver, the coat o airms wis offeecially banned follaein the occupation o Estonie bi the Soviet Union in 1940, an replaced wi the Soviet-inspired coat o airms o the Estonian SSR. Soviet offeecials persecutit an jailed onyane uisin the coat o airms or the naitional colors o Estonie. The readoption o the naitional seembols marked the completion o the struggle for unthrildom which wis finally achieved on August 7, 1990, an regulatit bi the Law on State Coat o Airms o Aprile 6, 1993.
- Estonian Institute National symbols of Estonia. Retrieved October 30, 2005.