Venezuela: National Symbol                                         



  • The coat of arms was officially instituted in 1954 by the military governor of Venezuela, Marcos Pérez Jiménez.


  • The shield in the coat of arms includes the colors of the flag.


  • Wheat on the red background represents the union of the 20 states.


  • On the yellow background, a sword, a sabre, three lances and two national flags are tied by a branch of laurel—a symbol of triumph in war.


  • On the blue background, a wild white horse runs—a symbol of independence and freedom. Some say the horse represents Simón Bolívar’s white horse named Palomo. (See next page for more on Simón Bolívar.)