The New Zealand Coat of Arms

New Zealand Coat of Arms
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The New Zealand coat of arms was originally granted in 1911 by King George V. A slightly different form was granted in 1956 by Queen Elizabeth II. A shield in the middle is supported by a Maori Chieftain and a European lady.

The New Zealand coat of arms has a shield with five sections. The upper left part depicts four stars, which stand for the Southern Cross constellation. The upper right section depicts a golden fleece, which is symbolic of agriculture. The bottom section on the left depicts wheat, again, which represents agriculture. The bottom right section shows two hammers, which stand for industry and mining. A white rectangle runs down the center of the New Zealand coat of arms that has three ships in black. This part of the New Zealand coat of arms represents trade.

A crown rests at the top of the shield. The woman depicted on the New Zealand coat of arms may resemble Grace Kelly, who was the supposed favorite actress of Sir John Marshall, a Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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