Coat of arms of Ossetia
The coat of arms of Ossetia is a disk gules with a snow leopard passant or with sable spots on a ground or with as background seven mountains argent (i.e. a red disk with a golden snow leopard with black spots standing on a golden ground and with seven white mountains in the background). The mountains on the seal symbolize the Ossetian landscape, while the snow leopard is an iconic (but now seriously endangered) inhabitant of the Caucasus mountains
There are currently two entities claiming to be the government of South Ossetia, the partially recognised Republic of South Ossetia and the pro-Georgia Provisional Administration of South Ossetia .
Republic of South Ossetia
The national emblem used by the government of the Republic of South Ossetia, adopted in 1998, is based on the emblem of North Ossetia-Alania, designed by the Georgian scientist Prince Vakhushti Bagrationi in 1735. It adds around that seal a border containing the Russian text for "Republic of South Ossetia", "Республика Южная Осетия" above the seal, and the Cyrillic Ossetic "Республикæ Хуссар Ирыстон" below the seal. The colours of the flag of South Ossetia, yellow, red, and white are used in smaller circles on either side and are similar to the circle found on the state emblem.
Provisional Administrative Entity of South Ossetia
The device of the Provisional Administrative Entity of South Ossetia is similar to the emblem of North Ossetia-Alania, .
The coat of arms was adopted by the republic on November 24, 1994. A very similar coat of arms was adopted by the Republic of South Ossetia in May 1998.
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