Coat of arms of Serbia
It is clear that this tiny territory, which recently gained independence, previously could not have dreamed of its own national emblems. There was always a more powerful, aggressive power or empire nearby, which preferred to have neighbors in its own vassals. Therefore, the coat of arms of Serbia, like its flag, appeared quite recently, as the main symbols of the new European independent state..
Serbia was once part of Yugoslavia, and had the official symbols of the federal republic. The collapse of the Yugoslav state allowed several new powers to enter the political arena. Each of them seeks to attest to their independence using various means, including displaying new (old) state symbols.
Modern Serbia today has both large and small coats of arms, the difference between them is in the number of details. The main national symbol of the country is a combination of heraldic flowers and ancient signs, including: a scarlet shield; silver two-headed eagle; royal golden lilies; two crowns; purple mantle lined with ermine fur.
The small Serbian coat of arms lacks the upper crown and royal mantle. Another small shield is located on the eagle's chest, the field is painted in a scarlet shield, it depicts the so-called Serbian cross. The image of the modern state symbol is identical to the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Serbia, adopted back in 1882. According to the Serbs themselves, the introduction of this coat of arms does not at all mean the return of the monarchy, it only demonstrates loyalty to historical traditions..
The stylized image of a bird of prey on the official symbol of Serbia is actually quite difficult to repeat, the artist must be able to count well, since there must be a certain number of feathers and rows. For example, on the neck of an eagle there are four rows, each of which has seven feathers. Each wing also has four rows, but the number of feathers differs, on the tail there are three rows, again seven feathers in each row. The same applies to the crown, firstly, it is golden in color, and secondly, it is decorated with precious stones, including 40 white bead grains, 8 blue sapphires and 2 red rubies. The royal headdress is crowned with a cross. The crown of the large coat of arms is identical to the one on the small coat of arms, but has a larger number of sapphires.
The president of the country, the prime minister and members of the Serbian government can use the large coat of arms..