National Arms of Hungary
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Civic heraldry of Hungary (Megyei címerek)
NATIONAL ARMS OF HUNGARY
The arms were adopted after the independence of Hungary in 1919 and again on July 3, 1990.
The Coat of Arms of the Republic of Hungary is a vertically divided shield with a rounded base coming to a point. The left field contains eight horizontal bars of red and silver. The right field has a background of red and depicts a base of three green hills with a golden crown resting on the centre hill and a silver patriarchal cross issuing from the middle of the crown. The Holy Crown of St. Stephen rests on the top of the shield
The bars are taken from the arms of the first Hungarian royal house, the Árpáds. It was recorded first in 1202 on a seal. On the left is a double cross on a triple mound. The double cross has Byzantine origins, it came in Hungary in 1190.
The triple mound dates from the 14th century. In the Middle Ages only this side was the official coat-of-arm of the country. The present variation is from the 16th century.
On top of the coat is the Hungarian Holy Crown, the real royal crown that is in the Parliament now. The crown was made in the 12th century and one of the main symbols of Hungary.
The arms were abolisehd in 1944 and replaced by the arms below.
The arms from 1944-45.
These arms show the same design, but placed on the logo of the ruling Arrow Cross Party.
In 1946 Hungary became a Socialist Republic, which initially used a design from the 1848 revolution (but without the smaller shields with the arms of the territories in the Kingdom of Hungary at the time) and the arms were totally abandoned and replaced by a socialist logo in 1949. After the 1956 revolt the unpopular 1949 was replaced for one year by the present arms without the crown. In 1957 a new socialist logo was introduced and used until 1990.
The large arms from 1848 used between 1946-49 without smaller shields
The arms from 1949-1956
The arms from 1956-1957
The arms from 1957-1990
The 1919 arms were restored in 1990.
The arms on coins
The arms on a coin from Matthias II (1613-1620)
The arms on a coin from 1704
The arms on a coin from 1849
The arms on a coin from 1936
The arms on a coin from 1950
The arms on a coin from 1966
The arms on a coin from 1997
Literature : Images from Wikipedia and en.numista.com
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