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image from official website of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia
The version of the Coat of Arms shown in Album 2000 [pay00] is not entirely correct and
that will be replaced in corr 1.
eljko Heimer, 16 May 2001
In National flags and distinctive markings - Change Nr 1 [pay01] - Coat of Arms - New
design. Several details changed (also changed in all flags
showinbg the coat of arms).
Ivan Sache, 8 October 2001
Last arms modification (and therefore flags with arms
modification) was issued on 6 August 1955.
Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001
Jaume's post says the Coat of Arms was last modified in
1955. It was said also 1924, and that the 1924
modifications were not significant. As far as I can tell,
the difference between the two images is in the quality of the
artistry and the presence in the newer image of shadows that are
clearly an attempt to three-dimensionalize a web graphic, not an
authentic element in the legal coat of arms.
Joe McMillan, 6 December 2002
Each time there were slight modifications. The 1924 Decree is
the most comprehensive. Executive Decree 3558 (9 November 1949)
established the official design according to 1924 decree that was
not observed before. New executive decree was issued on 6
August 1955 in same sense and with modifiyng the condor
slighty. Decree 1967 of 1991, established the use of the national
arms. If I'm not wrong this information came from Prof. Restrepo
Jaume Ollé, 28 December 2002
Concering Joe McMillan's remark, The new coat of arms
of the Republic is in my opinion an artistic rendering of the
Coat of Arms (actually a graphical-designer rendering).
Shadows are not, however, an attempt to three-dimensionalize a
web graphic: is an attempt to three-dimensionalize the Coat of
Arms for all purposes.
Carlos Thompson, 10 Febuary 2003
when I was taught the Colombian coat of arms at school, the
term they used was "gray". I found recently that
it is suposed to be platinum. I have also seen it white as in the
1955 version above. The golden fimbrilation that is shown
is not part of the blazon, as far as I know.
So, it is: tierced per fess, 1) azur pomegranate or open with seeds gules, two horns or, dexter with mineral wealth, sinester with fruits. 2) platinum cap of liberty gules upon a spearhead proper 3) Azure for sea two mountain ranges green united by an ithsmus separating the sea, a vessel propper in each sea.
Carlos Thompson, 27 March 2003 and John Ma 4, March 2006
There was a recently redrawn version made by a Publicist hired
by the Colombian government to give it a more stylized and modern
look (please do not confuse this with actual modifications to the
Coat of Arms itself). This new version made by the Marketing
agency can be seen on the official website of the Presidency
of the Republic of Colombia.
E.R., 5 January 2006
Reading some articles on Revista Credencial,
one may find a painting
depicting the signing of the Declaration of Independence of
Colombia on July 20, 1810.
Caption of the image reads: "Firma del Acta de Independencia. Casa del 20 de Julio, Bogotá" by artist Coriolano Leudo. This painting shows most likely the Act signed by members of the Cabildo Abierto (or Council, see wikipedia), which was formed on July 20, 1810 by members of the criollan elite, both Revolutionaries (pro Independence from Spain) and Royalists (loyal to Spain). The Cabildo opted to create a Junta Suprema or Supreme Governing Committee, with (Spanish) Viceroy (Antonio) Amar y Borbón as President and (José MIguel) Pey (then Mayor of the City of Bogotá) as Vice President. Amar was sworn in in the early hours of the next day (July 11, 1810). However, he refused to preside over the junta, and as a consequence, that duty fell to Pey signing another Act on July 25, 1810. Pey thus became the first Criollo to exercise executive power in the Viceroyalty of New Granada (see wikipedia).
This Junta approved the Act of Independence, and Pey was one of the signers.
On the painting one can see clearly on the background the Coat of Arms of Bogotá at the time which came to be the country's first Coat of Arms as well.
The article in full is here.
E.R., 16 June 2009
image by Jaume Ollé, 27 October 2001