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Gold Coast (Ghana under British rule, -1957)

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Gold Coast (British Ghana, 1877-1957)

Gold Coast ensign image by Blas Delgado, 11 September 2000

According to Carr [car61], this flag «shows a brown elephant standing in front of a palm-tree between green mountains. »…« When this badge appears on the Union Flag it is surrounded by the garland, while on the Blue Ensign it has no garland. Before the Gold Coast became the self-governing dominion of Ghana on March 6th, 1957, its badge »…« bore the initials "G.C." It was displayed on the Union Flag and the Blue Ensign in like manner.»
Jarig Bakker, 25 September 2000

The none-too imaginative British had the same badge for all their minor West African possessions: Identical flags were granted to Gambia and Sierra Leone, differing only by having the initials "G." and "S.L.", instead of "G.C."
Josh Fruhlinger, 13 February 1996

Gold Coast and Gambia were granted arms in 1957 and 1964 respectively, in preparation for independence. The "GC" elephant badge was used in 1877-1957.
David Prothero, 20 September 2000 and 26 September 2000

General Governor (1957-1960)

Gambia GG flag image by Graham Bertram and Željko Heimer, 03 January 2002

Barraclough [bar71] writes that Ghana became the self-governing dominion of Ghana on 6 March 1957, and I assume that the GG flag was granted that date. The caption was "GHANA".
Jarig Bakker, 02 January 2002