Description of the Coat of Arms:
- It rests on a green field, a symbol of the vegetation. It has an ogival shape and is divided into three parts.
- The center shows the Isthmus with its seas and sky, highlighting the moon rising above the waves as the sun begins to hide behind the mountain, marking the solemn hour of the declaration of our independence.
- The top portion is divided into two quarters: on the right-hand side, with a silver background, a sword and a rifle are hanging, to symbolize a permanent abandonment of civil wars, the cause of our ruin; one the left-hand side, with a red background, a gleaming shovel and hoe lie crossed over each other, to symbolize work.
- The bottom tip of the shield is also divided into two halves: the right-hand side, with a blue background, displays a cornucopia, emblem of wealth; the left-hand side, with a silver background, shows a winged wheel, symbol of progress.
- An eagle, emblem of sovereignty, extends its wings behind and over the coat of arms. Its head is turned to the left, and it grasps in its beak a silver ribbon, which hangs down to either side.
- The ribbon is inscribed with the motto "Pro Mundi Beneficio," meaning "For the benefit of the world".
- Nine golden stars arch above the eagle, representing the provinces in which the Republic is divided.
- As decorative accessories, two national flags are draped on either side of the coat of arms and are gathered at the bottom.
Meaning of the Coat of Arms:
- It represents our glory, our heritage and our heraldry.
- The motto is very significant, as it not only describes the fact of Panama being opened wide to the service of the global community, but it also characterizes our culture that is welcoming to all, especially to foreigners who live here as if it were their homeland, and to travelers just visiting.
- The design symbolizes our independence from Colombia, work and peace. The cornucopia, or horn of plenty, represents abundance, not only of fish, butterflies and trees, but of worthy men and women with noble sentiments.