The coat of arms includes an oil rig representing
the republic's petroleum industry and in the
background a sunrise, stands for the Azerbaijan's auspicious future. The
hammer and sickle are prominently featured above it while the red star
(symbolizing "socialism on all five continents") sits at the top of the
emblem, for the victory of communism and the "world-wide socialist community
of states". The outer rim features agricultural symbols: wheat and cotton.
The banner below the star reads "Proletarians of all countries, unite!"
in both Russian and Azerbaijani.
flag of the ASSR was similar to that of USSR, with a scarlet field and
golden hammer and sickle, but including an horizontal blue band on the
bottom fourth. A previous version of the flag (1940 - 1952) was all scarlet
and included "AzSSR" in Cyrillic below the hammer and sickle. This in turn
replaced a similar flag where "AzSSR" was written in Latin characters (1937