The Coat of Arms of Trinidad and Tobago was designed by a committee formed in 1962 to select the symbols that would be representative of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. The committee included noted artist Carlyle Chang and designer George Bailey.
The birds represented on the Coat of Arms are the Scarlet Ibis, the Cocrico (native to Tobago) and the Hummingbird.
The three ships represent the Trinity as well as the three ships of Columbus.
The three peaks were principal motifs of Trinidad's early British colonial seals and flag-badges. They commemorated both Columbus' decision to name Trinidad after the Blessed Trinity and the three peaks of the southern mountain range, called the "Three Sisters".
The fruited coconut palm dates back to the great seals of British colonial Tobago in the days when the island was a separate administrative unit.
Our motto - "Together We Aspire, Together We Achieve" - speaks for itself and promotes harmony in diversity for national achievement.