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Macedonia: Coat of arms

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Coat of arms

Coat of arms of Macedonia - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 October 2004, adapted from WIPO IPDL database

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The coat of arms

The coat of arms of Socialist Macedonia is prescribed by Act on the Coat of Arms of the People's Republic of Macedonia, adopted by the People's Assembly of the People's Republic of Macedonia on its second extraordinary session held on July 27, 1946, later on altered by Article 8 of the Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia, as follows:

The coat of arms is framed by a garland of ears of wheat, tobacco and poppy, tied by a ribbon with the pattern of a traditional costume. In the centre of such a circular space there are mountains, rivers, lakes and the sun; where the ears join there is a red five-pointed star. All this represents "the richness of our country, the struggle and the freedom".

This coat of arms is retained was as the coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia after independence and is still in use.

Željko Heimer, 14 July 2006

According to the Macedonian Heraldry website, the coat of arms of Macedonia does not appear on passports. A proposal by a MP to remove the red star was not accepted. It seems that the change of the coat of arms creates many problems. The adoption of the traditional gold lion on red shield seems not to be possible because (according to the website):
- the VMRO-DPMNE party already adopted the gold lion on red as its own emblem
- Albanian parties are opposed to this coat of arms "blaming it for only representing the Macedonians (as people) and not others.
- Among others many say that it is a Bulgarian symbol.

Pascal Vagnat, 26 May 2003