Coat of arms of Cyprus

Republic of Cyprus

Coat of arms of Cyprus
Coat of Arms of Cyprus- Official Depiction
ArmigerRepublic of Cyprus
BlazonOr, a dove volant facing to the sinister Argent in its beak an olive branch vert; in base, the numbers '1960' also Argent
SupportersA Wreath of olive branches Vert

The coat of arms of the Republic of Cyprus depicts a dove carrying an olive branch (a well-known symbol of peace) over “1960”, the year of Cypriot independence from British rule. The background is a copper-yellow colour; this symbolises the large deposits of copper ore on Cyprus (chiefly in the form of chalcopyrite, which is yellow in colour). The arms is not violating the rule of tincture, since the dove is not argent (silver) but blazoned as of the colour proper, i.e. it has the colour it would have in nature, in this case white.

When Cyprus was a British Crown Colony, local colonial officials used a coat of arms (which were never in fact officially granted) of two lions passant guardant, based on the coat of arms of the United Kingdom.

The Cypriot coat of arms was recently selected as the main motif of a very high value collectors' coin, the Cyprus introduction to the Eurozone commemorative coin, minted in 2008. The obverse depicts the coat of arms of Cyprus while the reverse depicts Cyprus connected with a ring to Europe, οn a transfigured map.


Coat of arms of Cyprus (old)

Older version of the coat of arms (1960-2006)

Cyprus Prisons Department Emblem

Coat of arms of the Cyprus Prisons Department

Northern Cyprus

Coat of arms of Northern Cyprus
Coat of arms of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
ArmigerTurkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
Adopted15 November 1983
CrestStar and crescent Argent, inscription "1983" Vert
BlazonOr, a dove Argent carrying a olive branch Vert
SupportersOlive branch Vert

The coat of arms of the internationally unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are styled closely on the arms of the Republic of Cyprus, except that the ‘1960’ was removed from the shield underneath the dove and the addition, a depiction of the Turkish star and crescent emblem is placed over the shield with the year ‘1983’ added. The year is in reference to the Declaration of Independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus by Turkey after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus.

In late 2007, a slight change to the layout of the arms was made. The dove is in a different position/attitude.

Akrotiri and Dhekelia

Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom (HM Government)
The arms of the United Kingdom is used for Akrotiri and Dhekelia, since they are under British sovereignty.

The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia do not have their own unique coat of arms. The coat of arms of the United Kingdom is used instead.

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Armorial of Asia

Below is a list of national emblems and coats of arms used by Asian countries, territories and regions.

Armorial of Europe

This is a list of the national coats of arms or equivalent emblems used by countries and dependent territories in Europe.

Cypriot identity card

The Cypriot identity card is issued to citizens of Cyprus. It can be used as a travel document when visiting countries in Europe (except Belarus, Moldova (old version), Russia, Turkey and Ukraine), as well as French overseas territories, Montserrat and Georgia.

As of February 2015 the Republic of Cyprus started issuing new biometric identity cards.

Euro gold and silver commemorative coins (Cyprus)

Euro gold and silver commemorative coins are special euro coins minted and issued by member states of the Eurozone, mainly in gold and silver, although other precious metals are also used in rare occasions. Cyprus introduced the euro (€) on 1 January 2008. In 2000, in such a short time, the Central Bank of Cyprus has produced the first commemorative euro coin in silver. In 2010 the Central Bank of Cyprus has produced 2 more commemorative euro coin in gold and silver.

These special coins has a legal tender only in Cyprus, unlike the normal issues of the Cypriot euro coins, which have a legal tender in every country of the Eurozone. This means that the commemorative coins made of gold and silver cannot be used as money in other countries. Furthermore, as their bullion value generally vastly exceeds their face value, these coins are not intended to be used as means of payment at all—although it remains possible. For this reason, they are usually named Collectors' coins.

The coins usually commemorate the anniversaries of historical events or draw attention to current events of special importance.

High Commission of Cyprus, London

The High Commission of Cyprus is the diplomatic mission of Cyprus in the United Kingdom. It is located on St James's Square next to the London Library and very close to Chatham House.In 2012 there was a small protest outside the High Commission by people claiming to have been mis-sold property on the island.

Index of Cyprus-related articles

This page list topics related to Cyprus.

List of coats of arms

Here is a list of articles about coats of arms..

Olive branch

The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory deriving from the customs of ancient Greece and found in most cultures of the Mediterranean basin. It became associated with peace in modern Europe and is also used in the Arab world.

Outline of Cyprus

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Cyprus:

Cyprus – Eurasian island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, east of Greece, south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel and north of Egypt. Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the Republic of Cyprus is a member state of the European Union.

President of Cyprus

The President of Cyprus is the head of state and the head of government of the Republic of Cyprus. The office was created in 1960, after Cyprus gained its independence from the United Kingdom. Currently, the President of Cyprus is Nicos Anastasiades, since 28 February 2013.

Uniquely among member states of the European Union, in Cyprus the roles of head of state and government are combined, making Cyprus the only EU state with a full presidential system of government. The 1960 Constitution provides for a Turkish Cypriot Vice President with extensive veto rights, but since 1963 the Turkish Cypriots officials abandoned all state positions including the position of the Vice President which has been vacant ever since.

Vehicle registration plates of Cyprus

The vehicle registration plates of Cyprus are composed of three letters and three digits (e.g. ABC 123). A simple incremental numbering system is used; numbers run from 001 to 999 per letter sequence (alphabetic), so that, for example, the plate to be issued after MAA 999 would be MAB 001. However, registrants may be allowed to choose a number from available numbers in the extant letter sequence.

The exact permitted dimensions of Cyprus plates were similar to their British counterparts, and until 2004, characters were printed in black and in the same typeface as used on British plates. Plates from 2004 onwards are made of metal; between 1973 and 2004, they were made of plastic.

A new law on vehicle registration plates came into force on 3 June 2013, altering the design. Plates made before that date are white on the front of the vehicle and yellow on the rear, whereas new plates are white both on the front and the rear and, in addition, carry the month and year the vehicle was first registered in any country. Replacing old plates with new ones has been made mandatory for motorcycles, taxis and lorries. Taxi plates are yellow on both sides and rental car plates are red on both sides, but no longer carry the T and Z prefix, respectively.

Following Cyprus' entry to the European Union in 2004, plates produced since have a blue band on the left edge with the Union's circle and stars in the top half and the country's international vehicle registration code (CY) in the bottom half and using FE-Schrift as the typeface after 2013, replacing the DIN 1451 typeface previously in use as mandatory.

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