All government official letterheads display the Ghana Coat of Arms. It represents official government sanction and can be found in important government buildings such as the castle, courts, and government offices.
The Ghana Coat of Arms is made up of a shield divided into four quarters by a gold-rimmed green St. George's Cross.
On a blue background, a crossed linguist staff and a ceremonial sword located at the upper left-hand quarter represents the Local Government.
A heraldic castle on a light blue background located at the top right-hand quarter represents the Federal Government.
Bottom left-hand quarter of a cocoa tree symbolizes the country's agricultural resources.
Position of a Mine Shaft, bottom right-hand quarter represents the country's mineral resources.
A gold lion in the center of a green St. George's Cross Represents Ghana's continuing relationship with the Commonwealth.
On a wreath of red, gold, and green colors, a black five-pointed star with a gold rim stands.
Surmounting the shield represents African freedom guiding star.
Two eagles, each with a black star suspended from a red, gold, and green ribbon supporting the shield symbolizes a strong protector with very clear and attentive eyes who keeps watch over the country.
Under the shield is the motto FREEDOM AND JUSTICE.
Nii Amon Kotei attended Achimota School on a scholarship and went on to the London School of Printing and Graphic Art to study art from 1949 to 1952.
During World War II, Kotei served with the Royal West African Frontier Force and the Army's Cartographic Division. He drew maps and plans for soldiers to use on the front lines of the battle. Achimota School was also where he taught.
On Friday, 7 March 1997, then-president Jerry John Rawlings presented Amon Kotei with the State Honour of Grand Medal, Civil Division, Coat of Arms Design. Other honors were bestowed upon him.
On the 17th of October 2011, Nii Amon Kotei passed away, and the Ghanaian parliament paid him homage.
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