Benin's flag was officially adopted on November 16, 1959.
The color green recalls hope and revival, red the courage of ancestors, and yellow the on-going preservation of the country's wealth.
Benin Coat of Arms:
Benin's coat of arms was adopted in 1990, and is composed of two leopards supporting a shield. Divided into four quadrants, the top left contains a castle (representative of Benin's history), the top right features the Star of Benin, below is a ship (symbolizing the arrival of the Europeans), and the bottom left is a palm tree.
Above the shield are two horns filled with corn and sand, which symbolizes prosperity.
Benin PhotographsThe flag of Benin (1960-1975)
Flag of Revolutionary Party of Benin