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|Coat of arms of the Dominican Republic|
6 November 1844 |
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|Crest||Blue ribbon bearing the national motto|
|Supporters||Palm and Laurel|
|Compartment||Red ribbon bearing the name of the country.|
Dios, Patria, Libertad |
"God, Homeland, Liberty"
The coat of arms of the Dominican Republic features a shield in similarly quartered colors as the flag, supported by a bay laurel branch (left) and a palm frond (right); above the shield, a blue ribbon displays the national motto: Dios, Patria, Libertad (God, Homeland, Liberty). Below the shield, the words República Dominicana appear on a red ribbon. In the center of the shield, flanked by six spears (three on each side), the front four holding the national flag, is a Catholic Bible with a small golden cross above it
The constitution dictates that the Bible be opened to the book of the New Testament, John 8:32, which reads "conocerán la verdad, y la verdad los hará libres", literal translation: "know the truth and the truth will set you free".
The coat of arms appears in the center of the flag of the Dominican Republic.