Coat of arms of the Soviet Union facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsState Emblem of the Soviet Union
|Armiger||Union of Soviet Socialist Republics|
|Adopted||6 July 1923|
|Crest||Red five-pointed star with golden border|
|Escutcheon||Hammer and sickle, globe and the rising sun. An emblem is surrounded by ears of wheat wrapped around red ribbons with the state motto in the languages of the Soviet Socialist Republics.|
|Motto||Workers of the world, unite!|
|Earlier versions||1923, 1929, 1936, 1946|
The State Emblem of the Soviet Union was adopted in 1923 and was used until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Although it technically is an emblem rather than a coat of arms, since it does not follow traditional heraldic rules, in Russian it is called герб (gerb), the word used for a traditional coat of arms.
It was the first state insignia created in the style known as socialist heraldry, a style also seen in e.g. the emblem of the People's Republic of China.
On 6 July 1923, the Central Executive Committee (CIK) started a project to create the coat of arms. It was finished on 22 September 1923. The constitution of the Soviet Union confirmed the new coat of arms officially in 1924. At first it had six red ribbons on the ears of wheat. The motto "Workers of the World, Unite!" was written on each ribbon, each in a different language. The first six languages were Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Georgian, Armenian, and Turko-Tatar.
Over the next several years, many more languages were added. In 1937 there were 11 languages, and in 1946, there were 16. In 1956 the Finnish text from the coat of arms was removed, and up to the end of the Soviet Union there were 15 languages on the coat of arms.
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