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Armenia in the Soviet Union

Armânskaâ S.S.R. / Haykakan S.S.H.

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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 Apr 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 Jun 2001

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


Reverse of the flag

Back of the flag
image by Željko Heimer, 19 Jun 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 Nov 2002


Coat of arms

soviet armenian CoA
image by Marcus Schmöger, 31 Aug 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.
Marcus Schmöger, 16 Sep 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 immidiately 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 Mar 2001

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


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