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Armenia in the Soviet Union

Armânskaâ S.S.R. / Haykakan S.S.H.

Last modified: 2021-07-17 by rob raeside
Keywords: armenia | armenian ssr | hammer and sickle (yellow) | star: 5 points (fimbriated) | ararat | grapes: 1 (golden) | wheat |
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Армянская С.С.Р. / Հայկական Ս.Ս.Հ.
Армянская Советская Социалистическая Республика | Armânskaâ Sovetskaâ Socialistiĉeskaâ Respublika / Հայկական Սովետական Սոցիալիստական Հանրապետություն | Haykakan Sovetakan Soc̛ialistakan Hanrapetowt̛yown

Flag of Armenian SSR in 1952 image by Željko Heimer, 19 Jun 2001 | two-sided
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Description of the flag

Dark blue bar in the middle of the flag, 1/4 width; approved on 17 December 1952.
Željko Heimer, 17 April 1996

Specs.: stripes 3+2+3; hammer-and-sickle placement and size unknown! (Identical to the Moldavian flag except for the color.)
António Martins, 19 June 2001

The Third Republic of Armenia was proclaimed on September 21, 1991.
Gevork Nazaryan, 24 March 2001


Reverse of the flag

Back of the flag
image by Željko Heimer, 19 June 2001 | two-sided reverse

No hammer, sickle and star on the reverse side.
Mark Sensen, 25 May 1997

Officially reverse looked like obverse without star and hammer-sickle. But in fact I never saw these flags without star, hammer-sickle. Real flags (all 15) usually were either with reverse analogous to obverse (but with star and hammer-and-sickle near the hoist) or with reverse = mirrored obverse.
Victor Lomantsov, 30 November 2002


Draft designs

Draft designs of the flag of Armenian SSR, from the database of National Gallery of Armenia (item No: 12122-12160). (image1, image2)
http://www.gallery.am/en/database/item/12139
Jason Saber, 08 May 2016

There are in total at least 141 flag proposals in this database. This is where you can find them all.
Jos Poels, 09 May 2016


Coat of arms

soviet armenian CoA image by M. Schmöger, 31 August 2001 (source: [hzg80])

The emblem was introduced in 1937 (according to Hesmer [hes92]) and replaced by the current one (already used in 1919) in 1992. The inescutcheon of the current emblem shows the Mt. Ararat, which was also the central symbol in 1937-1992.
M. Schmöger, 16 September 2001

The coat-of-Arms of Soviet Armenia was illustrated from an initial prototype sketch by Martiros Sarian, a famous Armenian painter of the XXth century. Mount Ararat, the symbol of the Armenian nation, is at the center of the coat-of-Arms of Soviet Armenia. Grapes immediately beneath Mount Ararat represent the Biblical traditional account of the first vineyard that Noah, who is considered the patriarch of the Armenian people, planted upon his descent from Mount Ararat after the Great Flood as a sign of rebirth of humanity. The inner rim on the sides of the grapes includes wheat, symbolic of the sacredness of the soil. Above Mount Ararat is the Red Star with hammer and sickle and geometric rays encompassing the Red Star. In the center of the outer rim is the famous motto of «Proletarians of all countries, unite!» continued with spiral Armenian caption «the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic».
Gevork Nazaryan, 24 March 2001

I translated the words written on the coat of arms of the Armenian SSR ("Հայկական Սովետական Սոցիալիստական Հանրապետություն | Haykakan Sovetakan Soc̛ialistakan Hanrapetowt̛yown") and got this: Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, of course.
Carsten Linke, 6 June 1996 (updated)


 
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