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San Juan province (Argentina)

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[Flag of S. Juan, obv.]
by Jaume Ollé, 03 Sep 2000 | [two-sided] [reconstruction]

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Description of the flag

In short, the law prescribes the new provincial flag as being inspired by the historical Andes Army flag (1817-1818), specificaly of it’s Cabot Column (why?, any specific relation between this army column and the province?). (What is the date of this law, by the way?) It contains the usual argentine oval emblem divided horizontaly celeste and white, with a pair of hands shaking and holding a pole topped by a red phrygian cap.

Construction details are 9:14  =  5+8+5 : 28 (litterally, 25+40+25 : 140 cm); the position, style and size of the emblem and lettering "En Unión y Libertad" (meaning «In Unity and Freedom»), placed on the obverse only, are discribed on the law in a quite confuse wording. The sun on top of the emblem has 19 rays, as many as the departments (geographical subdivisions) of the province.

António Martins, 03 Mar 2002

Reverse of the flag

[Flag of S. Juan, rev.]
by Jaume Ollé, 03 Sep 2000 | [two-sided] [reverse] [sinister] [reconstruction]

Instead of the emblem, the reverse shows a sun with 32 rays, it’s color legally prescribed as “light yellow” — a fatal mistake for something mainly set on white background. The difference between reverse and obverse is also taken from the original Cabot Column flag.
António Martins, 03 Mar 2002

Flag law

Cámara de Diputados de San Juan, Ley 6.840

quoted by Jaume Ollé, 03 Sep 2000

This is law N° 6.840 of december 11th, 1997, corrected by law N° 6.869 of may 21st, 1998. The emblem was approved by law Nº 1 G. de 1962.
António Martins, 07 Dec 2001

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