Flag designs that differ on both sides

A flag design is separated into two parts, the obverse (front) and the reverse (back). For the most part, flag designs are the same on each side. However, there are a select few flag designs that differ on both sides.

Here are the flags that display a design on the reverse that is different than the design on obverse.

USAState Flags

Alabama (1861-1865)

The original flag of Alabama was a flag that had a design that differed on both sides. Alabama began as an independent state, which was reflected on the obverse side of the flag, while the Latin text of Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) was on the reverse side. This flag was only in service for a short period of time, however.

Image of the front side of the old Alabama state flag.      Image of the back side of the old Alabama state flag.

Oregon

The Oregon state flag is the only state flag that currently features a design that differs on the front and the back. The front features the Seal of Oregon, while the back displays a beaver, the state animal.

Image of the front side of the Oregon state flag.    Image of the back side of the Oregon state flag.

World Flags

San Juan Province

San Juan is a province in the country of Argentina. The province of San Juan borders Chile on the western edge of Argentina. The flag features the San Juan seal on one side, with the sun from the Argentina flag on the reverse.

Image of the front side of the San Juan province flag.    Image of the back side of the San Juan province flag.

Stara Zagora

Stara Zagora is a city in the country of Bulgaria. This is a very unique city flag that differs from the Bulgarian national flag – other than using the official colors of red, green and white.

Image of the front side of the Stara Zagora flag.    Image of the back side of the Stara Zagora flag.

Moldova National Flag

The Moldova national flag features the same design on each side, but the center seal is mirrored on the reverse side.

Image of the front side of the Moldova national flag.    Image of the back side of the Moldova national flag.

Soviet Union (1923-1991)

The old Soviet Union flag is one of the most famous flags in the world – although it is no longer in existence today. What stands out about the flag is that obverse side of the flag features a hammer and sickle with a star above it.

Image of the front side of the Soviet Union flag.    Image of the backside of the Soviet Union flag.

Paraguay

Unlike some national flags that mirror the image on both sides, the flag of Paraguay features a completely different image on both sides. The seal on the front is the Paraguay coat of arms, and the seal on the back is the seal of the treasury.

Image of the front side of the Paraguay flag.    Image of the back side of the Paraguay national flag.

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