Reaction to the new coat of arms and flag of the Municipality of Probistip

Heraldry

At the sessions held on 20.11 and 23.12.2015, the Council of the Municipality of Probistip decided on selection of designs for a new coat of arms and flag of the municipality. The Council selected the designs of the author with a code ‘Malena‘.

I would like to share my deep disappointment that the Macedonian municipal heraldry and vexillology again got coat of arms and flag with heraldic and vexillological inconsistencies.

The selected design for the greater coat of arms lacks a wreath. The composition of gold mulberry leaves placed around the shield can not be called a wreath. A wreath of two branches and a ribbon was part of the competition as part of the criteria to be applied when selecting the best ranked design.

The selected design for the flag, however, has a different coat of arms from the adopted one. With the removal of the crossed mining hammers from the shield and their placement outside of it, the blazon was changed and so that becomes a different coat of arms.

After several inconsistent competitions conducted last year, I hope that Macedonian municipalities will in future give due attention to the selection procedure and it will be treated more seriously and responsibly and as befits.