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State Heraldry Commission

 

The Great Coat of Arms of the Republic of Latvia

 

Latvia’s Great Coat of Arms was approved in 1921 and reapproved in 1993.  The shield on the herald is divided into segments – half of a golden rising sun against a blue background is seen in one section, a red lion against a silver background to represent Kurzeme and Zemgale in the second, and a silver griffon with a blue tongue and a silver sword clutched in its right paw to represent Vidzeme and Latgale.  Above the shield are three golden stars.  The shield is held by a red lion with a golden tongue on the right and a silver griffon with a golden tongue on the left.  They are supported by green oak branches with a red-white-red ribbon that has the proportions of the Latvian state flag.  The coat of arms may be used by the Latvian President, Parliament, its commissions, MPs, the Cabinet of Ministers, ministries, ministers with special portfolio, the National Audit Office, the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor-General’s Office, the Bureau to Protect the Constitution, the Bank of Latvia, and the diplomatic and consular offices of the Republic of Latvia.

 

 

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The Small Coat of Arms of the Republic of Latvia With Supplements

 

The Supplemented Small Coat of Arms of State is a small coat of arms encircled on its sides by two green oak branches which cross under the shield.  The Supplemented Small Coat of Arms can be used by the Saeima  Chancery, the Presidential Chancery and the National Chancery, institutions and officials elected or appointed by Parliament, institutions directly subordinate to the Cabinet of Ministers and ministries, the departments of ministries, the National Audit Office, the Supreme Court, the Prosecutor-General’s Office and the Bank of Latvia, regional courts, district (city) courts, the Land Book divisions of regional courts, recording offices, prosecutorial institutions, sworn auditors, election commissions, autonomous subjects of public local governments, and custody courts when they issue confirmations.  The Supplemented Small Coat of Arts may be used on diplomas, certificates and other documents issued by educational institutions, except universities, to confirm to the completion of an education and the attainment of qualifications from an accredited educational programme.

 

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The Small Coat of Arms of the Republic of Latvia

 

The Small Coat of Arms of State is the shield of the Great Coat of Arms of State, above which there are three golden stars in a semi-circle.  The Small Coat of Arms can be used by all other government institutions and those local governments that do not have their own coat of arms, as well as by the institutions of local governments and other public institutions.

 

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