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Colon Province (Panama)

Provincia de Colón

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image by Javier Blake, 22 July 2002


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The Colón Coat of Arms appears in the middle of the Colón flag.
Javier Blake, 22 July 2002

An horizontal tricolor of light blue, white and golden yellow, with a large (diam. approx. half of the flag's height) white disc rimmed black with the provincial emblem on it; on the blue stripe, placed around the disc, five five-pointed golden yellow stars pointing up; and on the yellow stripe the lettering "COLÓN" in large stretched dark red capitals (approx. face: "Egyptian").
António Martins, 23 July 2002

The provincial flag of Colón was adopted on 16 August 1996 by the Municipal Council of the District of Colón, presided by Longino Sánchez. The flag, selected among 28 proposals, was presented by Alcibíades González on 30 April 1996.
The flag is described as follows:
- upper stripe: light blue (celeste), representing the immense sea that bathes our coasts;
- middle stripe: white, representing peace and the aspiration of the inhabitants of Colón to concord with the rest of the country;
- lower stripe: golden yellow, representing the resources of the province.
In the middle of the flag is placed the coat of arms of Colón, adopted by the Municipal Council by Decree No. 37 in 1927 and by the Provincial administration by Decree No. 1 in 1942.
The coat of arms of Colón is presented on the municipal website as designed by Carlos Villaláz upon request by Mayor Juan Demóstenes Arosemena.
The shield is divided per fess. The upper half shows a 15th century caravel, recalling the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Colombus. The lower half shows on a golden field a phoenix bird emerging from flames, as a symbol of eternity. The shield is flanked by a palm and a laurel branch, symbolizing progress and triumph, respectively.
The phoenix indeed recalls that the town was burned down and subsequently rebuilt twice, in 1885 during the Colombian Civil War, and, accidentally, in 1915.
Valentin Poposki and Ivan Sache, 19 December 2009

Coat of Arms

image contributed by Fred Drews, 5 November 2018

Same coat of arms are used also by the city of Colón.
Fred Drews, 12 August 2009

Colón Free Zone (Zona Libre de Colón)

image by António Martins, 29 May 2003

I found today the website of the Free zone of Colón, Panama, at (defunct) where you may find picture of the zone flag (white with a logo), near another (unidentified) flag. A question : should this zone be considered as a subdivision of Panama, or is it only a body created to administrate as far as business is concerned a tax-free zone?
The logo can be seen on blue on the web-page.
Olivier Touzeau, 21 March 2001

It is just a tax-free zone.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 21 March 2001

The "zone flag" is not a flag, but a logo in banner form.  The two blue triangles stand for North and Central America, with the red triangles at the axis symbolizing the traffic crossing thorough the Isthmus.  The other (unidentified) flag is a national Panama flag. The logo does not belong to a territory, but to the administrative body created to manage the tax-free zone.  The logo can be seen on
Alvaro Aguilar, 31 August 2001

The picture sent by Olivier makes it obvious that, unlike Álvaro Aguilar says, this is a flag. It may not be pretty, official, registered in the works of famous vexillologists, great or small - but it is obviously a flag: a piece of cloth hoisted on pole and meaning something. Álvaro calls it not a flag but just a "logo in banner form"; well, "banner" is a trickier word than "flag". While it is surely a flag, it might be or not a banner...
By using, I created the above image, with shades of blue and red much darker than those of the Panamanian national flag, judging from the photo (US influence, perhaps?).
António Martins, 29 May 2003