Last modified: 2005-10-22 by ivan sache
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Coat of arms of Armenia, black and white representation - Image by Luc Baronian, 29 April 2005
The coat of arms of the Third Republic of Armenia was reestablished with slight modifications in 1991 from the original coat of arms of the First Republic of Armenia that restored the Armenian State after nearly 600 years of foreign domination of Armenia in 1918.
A shield is held by a lion and an eagle, both symbols of
historic Armenian royalty that goes back to the first Armenian
Kingdom of Ararat (Urartu) in the latter half of the second
The center of the shield includes the Biblical establishment of Armenia after the Great Flood and Noah's Ark resting on top of Mount Ararat, the sacred symbol of Armenia and the Armenian nation.
Subsequently, the center portion representing Noah's Ark and Mount Ararat is joined by the insignias of the four Armenian dynasties that followed the Aramian House of Ararat in the VIth century BC:
A vertically pointed sword breaks the chains of foreign oppression
and the shield symbolically represents the guardianship of the
The symbol of wheat in the lower part of the coat of arms represents the sacredness of the soil and the olive branches represent the aspiration principles of the Armenian people to good will and peace.
Gevork Nazaryan, 22 March 2001
The Constitution of Armenia does not specify the colors of the coat of arms, hence there are many colour variants.
Coat of arms of Armenia, as displayed in front of the Armenian Parliament - Image by Luc Baronian, 29 April 2005
On the coat of arms displayed in front of the Parliament, the eagle and lion are clearly gold, the quarters blue and red with golden emblems, the central piece is silver on orange, the outlines of the central piece and quarters are silver.
Coat of arms of Armenia, as shown on the websites of the Armenian government, the Armenian Parliament and the Armenian Embassy in Washington - Image by Luc Baronian, 29 April 2005
Here, the only difference with the Parliament's version is that all emblems are silver.
Luc Baronian, 29 April 2005