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Republic of Iraq: 1959-1963

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[1959 Flag of Iraq]by Mark Sensen

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Description of the flag

The flag of Iraq that was adopted a year after the revolution of July 1958 is vertical black, white, green. In the white band an eight-pointed star with a white circle in the centre, and in the circle a yellow circle (the sun?). It was in use from 1959 to1963 (Alexander and Smith, 1992 [ale92]). Ratio 1:2.

Jaume Ollé

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms]by Juan Manuel Gabin Villascan

The coat of arms is made of a rising sun, charged with a ring that bears two scimitars.

[Detail of the coat of arms]by Juan Manuel Gabin Villascan

At the top of the ring between the points of the scimitars there is the name of the country Al-Jumhuriyaht Al-Iraquiyaht (The Republic of Iraq)).

[Detail of the coat of arms]by Juan Manuel Gabin Villascan

Between the scimitar handles, at the bottom of the ring, there is the date when the Republic was established, 14 July 1958 (14 Tamuz 1958)

Juan Manuel Gabin Villascan, 29 July 2000

The coat of arms was introduced on 14 July 1959, exactly one year after the revolution, and was in use until 1965.

Ralf Stelter, 8 January 2001