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20 Manat 2021, Azerbaijan

in Krause book Number: 41
Years of issue: 2021
Signatures: Governor of Azerbaijan Central Bank: Elman Rustamov (In office 13 January 1995 - 12 April 2022)
Serie: 2020 - 2022 Issue
Specimen of: 2021
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 141 x 70
Printer: Giesecke und Devrient GmbH, Leipzig

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Coat of arms of Azerbaijan and denomination 20.


The state emblem of Azerbaijan (Azerbaijani: Azərbaycan gerbi) mixes traditional and modern symbols. The focal point of the emblem is a stylized flame. The flame is in the shape of the word "Allah" written in Arabic (ﷲ‎) to represent the country's majority-Muslim population. As well as a reference to Azerbaijan's eternal natural oil-gas resources, which has given it the nickname "land of eternal fire".

The emblem is supported by a crossed stalk of wheat and an oak bough. Wheat is the symbol of abundance in Azerbaijan. Also, wheat bread is the main staple food. The oak tree is the symbol of power and youth in time.


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Topic - Karabakh.

Karabakh (Azerbaijani: Qarabağ; Armenian: Ղարաբաղ, romanized: Gharabagh) is a geographic region in present-day southwestern Azerbaijan and eastern Armenia, extending from the highlands of the Lesser Caucasus down to the lowlands between the rivers Kura and Aras.

It is conventionally divided into three regions: Highland Karabakh, Lowland Karabakh (the steppes between the Kura and Aras rivers), and the eastern slopes of the Zangezur Mountains (roughly Syunik and Kalbajar–Lachin).

On foreground are the symbols of the military power of Azerbaijan: Shield, sword and helmet of the Middle Ages.


On the right and in the center are the symbols in the form of a flower Xarıbulbul (Khara-bulbul).

It is also known as a symbol of victory for the Azerbaijani army.

The plant, which has long been called Xarıbulbul in Azerbaijan, is called in Latin Ofrys caucasica (correctly: Ophrys caucasica) or Ofrys mammosa. Probably, all types of offris are called by this name in Azerbaijan. It is widespread in Shusha and adjacent regions, it is most pronounced in Karabakh.

For centuries, Xarıbulbul has inspired people of art with its beauty. Songs were written about the beauty of a flower, poems were written, its uniqueness was transferred to canvases. The image of a flower continued to inspire representatives of contemporary art, young authors, designers and artists to create unusual works.

With the beginning of the Karabakh conflict, Hari Bulbul became a symbol of the struggle of the Azerbaijani people. Perhaps for many Azerbaijanis it has become a symbol of grief, sadness, pain and longing. When the expression Khara-bulbul was used in culture, art and literature, it was always clear that it was about Karabakh.

In memory of the martyrs who fell during the Second Karabakh War, which lasted from September 27 to November 10, 2020, the Xarıbulbul symbol began to spread widely on social networks. The greatness, pride and unshakable position of Xarıbulbul against injustice began to turn him from a legend into a symbol of victory. Gradually, the icon became a symbol of war. It became popular as a symbol of the memory of martyrs and the victory of the Azerbaijani army.

Subsequently, the symbol began to be used by people everywhere, which caused an ambiguous reaction among the inhabitants of Baku. According to the poet Sabir Rustamkhanly, one should be more careful and careful in using the “Xarıbulbul” symbol as an accessory, as it kind of “symbolizes the memory of those who died for the Motherland.” According to Rustamkhanli, this symbol means a lot to the Azerbaijani people, and it should be worn on the chest, on the heart, and "not put on socks or napkins."

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Stylized map of Azerbaijan.

In the background - a close-up of the word Qarabağ (Karabakh) and Azerbaijani patterns.