Coat of arms of Singapore

The National Coat of Arms of Singapore is the heraldic symbol representing the Southeast Asian island nation of Singapore. It was adopted in 1959, the year Singapore became self-governing within the British Empire. The committee that created it, headed by then Deputy Prime Minister Toh Chin Chye, was also responsible for the national flag and the national anthem of Singapore.

At the centre of the emblem is a red shield bearing a white crescent (a new moon, representing a rising young nation) and five white stars (representing various national ideals including multiculturalism), supported by a lion and a tiger (representing Singapore and Malaysia respectively); below them is a blue ribbon inscribed with Majulah Singapura in gold, Malay for "Onward Singapore". While the use of the coat of arms is restricted to the government, the symbol enjoys wide use on the national currency and state decorations, and appears on the cover of the national passport.

Coat of arms of Singapore
Coat of arms of Singapore
ArmigerRepublic of Singapore
BlazonGules, a crescent facing a pentagon of five mullets argent
SupportersA lion dexter and a tiger sinister rampant guardant standing on two stalks of padi (rice) Or
MottoMajulah Singapura
Earlier versionsSee List of coats of arms used in Singapore
UseReverse of coins, government buildings, Acts of Parliament, commissions and treaties


When Singapore became self-governing in 1959 Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew was determined to create for the new state a coat of arms, among other symbols, to replace the coat of arms of the United Kingdom that had been in use until then.[1] A committee was formed to design the state symbols, headed by the deputy prime minister Toh Chin Chye, who wanted both the arms and flag of Singapore to represent the country's united, multi-ethnic society.[2]

The coat of arms and the flag were created over a span of two months by Toh and his committee. A law establishing the state symbols of Singapore was presented to the National Assembly by the Minister of Culture, S. Rajaratnam, and approved in November 1959. On 3 December 1959, the state coat of arms, flag and anthem were presented to the people of Singapore for the first time.[2]

Toh said in a 1989 interview that when tasked with the creation of the state symbols, "apart from the anthem we have to produce the flag and the crest", and he felt that the new flag of Singapore should be flying next to the Union Jack.[3] Toh further stated:

In the case of the state crest, again we got the five stars and the new moon ... A lion next to the tiger. Tiger of course is a more local animal than the lion. The old City Council had a lion. It did merge with our own ideas of self governing of Singapore.[3]


The central emblem of the coat of arms is a red shield with five white stars resting above a white crescent, similar to the crescent and stars used on the Singapore flag and such other national symbols as the national ensign for civilian ships. Red symbolises "universal brotherhood and equality of man" and white "pervading and everlasting purity and virtue". The crescent represents a new moon, which reflects "a young nation on the ascendant", while the five-pointed stars "stand for the nation's ideals of democracy, peace, progress, justice and equality".[4]

The supporters of the shield are a lion and a tiger: the tiger symbolises the nation's historical and close connections to Malaysia (which Singapore was a state of from 1963 to 1965) while the lion represents Singapore itself.[5] Below the supporters is a blue ribbon on which the national motto, Majulah Singapura, is written in gold.[5] Majulah Singapura is also the title of the national anthem; it means "Onward Singapore" in Malay, the national language of Singapore.


Golden coat of arms of Singapore (cropped) - 20081001
The coat of arms of Singapore depicted on the main gate of the Istana, the official residence of the President of Singapore

In 1985 the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) began to issue their second series of coins. The coat of arms is displayed on the obverse side of these coins, surrounded by an inscription comprising the name of Singapore in the four official languages (Chinese, Malay, Tamil and English) and the year of minting. In 1987 the dollar coin entered circulation with this same pattern.[6]

According to the MAS, the coat of arms has also appeared on all Singaporean banknotes since the "Orchid" series of 1967.[7] State decorations of Singapore also depict the coat of arms on the medallions. For example, the medallions of the Darjah Utama Temasek and the Sijil Kemuliaan use the full achievement of arms,[8][9] while the Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang medal displays the shield.[10]


According to the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Rules, the use of the coat of arms is restricted to the government. Without explicit permission from the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts (MICA), no person or group is permitted to physically print, manufacture, display or sell anything depicting the coat of arms, or to allow such actions to happen. It is also forbidden to use any symbol that can be easily mistaken for the coat of arms. Persons who wish to use the coat of arms in a literary work must also obtain prior permission from MICA. The only exception provided by the Rules is that the arms can be used by government officials and ministries on their building's exteriors and on printed documents.[11]

See also


  1. ^ "State Crest". Singapore: The Encyclopedia. Editions Didier Millet; National Heritage Board. 2008. Archived from the original on 19 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b Zaubidah Mohamed (25 January 2005). "National coat of arms (State crest)". Singapore Infopedia. National Library Board. Archived from the original on 29 August 2012.
  3. ^ a b Toh Chin Chye (1989). "Dr. Toh Chin Chye [oral history interview, accession no. A1063, reel 1]". National Archives of Singapore.: "State Symbols". Access to Archives Online (a2o), National Archives of Singapore. Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2007.
  4. ^ Second Schedule of the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Rules (Cap. 296, R 1, 2004 Rev. Ed.), archived from the original on 31 March 2009, as amended by the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem (Amendment) Rules 2007 (S 377/2007), archived from the original on 27 March 2009. See also Lee Kuan Yew (1998). The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew. Singapore: Times Editions. pp. 342–343. ISBN 978-981-204-983-4.
  5. ^ a b "National Coat of Arms". Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Singapore Circulation Coins: Second Series". Monetary Authority of Singapore. 19 March 2007. Archived from the original on 8 December 2008.
  7. ^ "Singapore Circulation Notes: Orchid Series". Monetary Authority of Singapore. 19 March 2007. Archived from the original on 30 May 2012.
  8. ^ "The Order of Temasek (Darjah Utama Temasek)". Prime Minister's Office. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012.
  9. ^ "The Certificate of Honour (Sijil Kemuliaan)". Prime Minister's Office. 26 September 2008. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
  10. ^ "The Distinguished Service Order". Prime Minister's Office. 15 April 2011. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
  11. ^ Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem Rules (Cap. 296, R 1, 2004 Rev. Ed.), archived from the original on 31 March 2009, as amended by the Singapore Arms and Flag and National Anthem (Amendment) Rules 2007 (S 377/2007), archived from the original on 27 March 2009.

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Armorial of Singapore

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National coat of arms

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