The Coat of arms of Fiji was granted by Royal Letters Patent on 4 July 1908. It was featured on the colonial ensign and its shield remains on the current flag of Fiji.
The shield has images both representing Fiji's primary produce and its links with both its colonial and pre-colonial past. The English lion stands above the Cross of St. George, but in its paws it holds a cocoa pod. Three of the four quarters around the cross also contain crops: sugarcanes, a coconut palm, and a bunch of bananas. The remaining quarter shows a dove of peace, which was the main element of the flag of King Cakobau, the first King of Fiji.
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