The Coat of Arms
THE COAT OF ARMS
The birds represented on the Coat of Arms are the scarlet ibis, the cocrico (native to Tobago) and the hummingbird.
The three ships represent the Trinity as well as the three ships of Columbus.
The three peaks were principal motifs of Trinidad’s early British colonial seals and flag-badges. They commemorated both Columbus’ decision to name Trinidad after Blessed Trinity and the three peaks of the southern mountain range, called the “Three Sisters”.
The fruited coconut palm dates back to the great seals of British Colonial Tobago in the days when the island was a separate administrative unit.
The following is the description of the Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago:
Arms: Per chevron enhanced sable and gules of chevrenel enhanced argent between a chief two hummingbird respectant gold and in base three ships of the period of Christopher Columbus also gold the sails set proper.
Crest: Upon a Wreath argent and gules in front of a Palm Tree proper a Ships’s wheel
Supporters: Upon a Compartment representing two Islands arising from the sea, on the dexter side a Scarlet Ibis and on the sinister side a Cocrico, both proper and with wings elevated.