The Italian Coat of Arms

Italy's current arms date back to 1948.   At the center is a white star with a red border stemming from arms of previous kingdoms.  The tips pointing downwards symbolize Italy as a united state. During the years of the kingdom, it was referred to as the "big star of Italy". The star was later superimposed on a gear which symbolizes work. The Italian constitution states that Italy is a country based on [common] work.  The star and gear are supported by an olive branch, a symbol of peace also symbolizing the southern part of the country, and an oak branch, a symbol of strength also symbolizing the northern part of the country. A red ribbon includes the official name of the state, "REPUBBLICA ITALIANAin white capital characters.  
Created: March, 2001
Updated: 04/07/01
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