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Coats of arms

The coats of arms of New Zealand, the city of Christchurch and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand all include a hanging fleece to express the importance of sheep to the nation’s economy. Both New Zealand and Christchurch also include a sheaf of wheat, while the Reserve Bank, with a more contemporary sense of economic importance, has a bull’s head to represent the beef and dairy industries.

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Brian Easton, 'Economic history - Early pastoral economy', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/24326/coats-of-arms (accessed 23 October 2019)

Story by Brian Easton, published 11 Mar 2010