CoA Bank of Uganda

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CoA Bank of Uganda

Postby Marcus Karlsson » 06 Apr 2014, 17:44

Browsing the Net I found this rendering of the coat of Arms of the Bank of Uganda.

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Re: CoA Bank of Uganda

Postby Arthur Radburn » 06 Apr 2014, 20:00

Interesting. I wonder what the charges on the chief are : light bulbs, or perhaps some ancient East African coins?
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Re: CoA Bank of Uganda

Postby Chris Green » 06 Apr 2014, 20:58

Probably cowrie shells, widely used as currency in Africa having been introduced from the Maldives.
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Re: CoA Bank of Uganda

Postby Arthur Radburn » 07 Apr 2014, 14:20

Chris Green wrote:Probably cowrie shells, widely used as currency in Africa having been introduced from the Maldives.

An interesting suggestion. They would certainly be appropriate as charges -- much more original than bezants.
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Re: CoA Bank of Uganda

Postby Mike_Oettle » 15 Feb 2015, 19:42

While the ribs on the shells suggested cowries to me (symbolic of money in many parts of the world), the outline certainly called light bulbs to mind. Perhaps the tiler had no idea what he was doing.
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