national emblems found on the national Coat of Arms are in the
form of a shield which is regarded as a sign of protection. The
colours red, black and white on it are our national colours.
Emblems found on our National Coat of Arms are:
Our National Birds are the Scarlet
Ibis and the Cocrico (Tobago Pheasant). The Scarlet Ibis is the
larger bird representing Trinidad and the Cocrico, the smaller,
The three ships on the shield represent Christopher Columbus'
fleet of the Santa Maria, Nina and Pinta when he discovered the
island in 1498.
The humming birds have been included for sentimental reasons.
It's said that more species of humming bird are found in T&T T
than any other country in the world, and that early inhabitants
of Trinidad called Trinidad Iere or Caire, which means the Land
of the Humming Bird.
THREE MOUNTAIN PEAKS
Three peaks remind us that Columbus named Trinidad after
the Trinity when he spotted the three mountain peaks called three
sisters or Trinity Hills.
The water surrounding the peaks represent the cradle of our
heritage - the trough which forms the islands of Trinidad and
The gold helmet crowned with wreaths represents sovereign
power.The coconut tree with the ship's wheel is taken from the
old Coat of Arms of Tobago, known as the Great Seals of Tobago.
Our Motto, "Together we aspire, together we achieve",
is the hope of a people for a better life to be achieved through
cooperation and working together to build a better nation.
The National Flower, the Chaconia,
is sometimes called Wild Poinsettia. It is known as the Pride
The National Coat of Arms can be seen on the obverse side of
any Trinidad and Tobago coin.