Coat of Arms of Yukon

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Yukon Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Yukon, Canada (formally known as the Arms of Her Majesty in Right of the Yukon Territory) was commissioned by the federal Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and designed by well-known heraldry expert Alan Beddoes in the early 1950s. It was approved officially by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.

The lower part of the shield represents Yukon's mountains, with the gold disks (called "bezants," a medieval gold coin) representing the territory's mineral riches and its birth in the Klondike Gold Rush. The two white wavy lines represents the territory's rivers.

In chief, the red cross represents England; the disk surmounting it is in a pattern called "vair," a type of heraldic fur (literally squirrel fur), and representing the territory's wealth of fur-bearing animals.

The crest is a husky dog standing on a mound of snow.

Blazon

Shield: Azure, on a pallet wavy Argent, a like pallet of the field, issuant from base two piles reversed Gules, fimbriated also Argent, each charged with two bezants in pale, on a chief Argent a cross Gules, surmounted of a roundel vair.

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