Lanka used the British emblem when it was a British Crown Colony. We
continued to use it even after gaining independence in 1948. According to the
recommendations of a select committee appointed to devise a state emblem more
suitable for Sri Lanka (Ceylon) we opted for a new State Emblem. It had a
Lion with Sword in its right fore paw encircled with a Palapethi open petal
design top. Below there was a strip carrying the country's name in Sinhala,
Tamil and English.
A new republican emblem was chosen after the country was declared a Republic
on May 22, 1972. In addition to the lion with a sword and the Palapethi open
petal design it portrays the Punkalasa, dhammachakka, sun, moon and two
sheaves of paddy.
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