Flags whose reverse differs from the obverse

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This article contains a list of flags for which the reverse (back) is different from the obverse (front). It includes current as well as historic flags of both nations and national subdivisions such as provinces, states, territories, and cities (including a few that are not recognized by the United Nations or whose sovereignty is in dispute). When the flag is that of a nation, the Subdivision column is blank. For present-day flags the Dates column is typically blank.

The list below includes flags for which the back is the mirrored reverse of the front. It does not include flags whose back is the mirror image of the front, as is the case with most asymmetric flags (for example, a blue rectangle with 50 stars appears at the top left corner of the US flag. However, when viewed from behind it is seen at the top right corner). Mirrored reverse flags are much less common and contain an element for which a simple mirror image would be problematic, such as text (e.g. Saudi Arabia's flag includes the shahada, an Islamic creed) or a geographic feature (e.g. the 1970's Bangladeshi flag included a yellow map of the country). Flags with truly different images on each side are even rarer. The only UN-recognized nation whose present-day flag contains a unique image on each side is Paraguay.

Flags by nation[edit]

List of flags
Nation Subdivision Dates Obverse Reverse Notes
Argentina San Juan Bandera de la Provincia de San Juan.svg Bandera de la Provincia de San Juan (reverso).svg List of Argentine flags
Bangladesh 1971–1972 Flag of Bangladesh (1971).svg Flag of Bangladesh (1971 reverse).svg List of Bangladeshi flags
Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of Brazil
Bulgaria Stara Zagora Flag of Stara Zagora (obverse).svg Flag of Stara Zagora (reverse).svg
Moldova 1990–2010 Flag of Moldova.svg Flag of Moldova back.svg Flag of Moldova
Moldova Transnistria Flag of Transnistria (state).svg Flag of Transnistria.svg Flag of Transnistria
Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg Flag of Paraguay (reverse).svg Flag of Paraguay
Philippines 1898–1901 Philippines Aguinaldo flag (obverse).svg Philippines Aguinaldo flag (reverse).svg Flag of First Philippine Republic
  • Obverse has "Fuerzas Expeditionarias del Norte de Luzon" inscribed
  • Reverse has the words "Libertad Justicia e Igualdad" inscribed.
Saudi Arabia Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg Flag of Saudi Arabia (Reverse).svg Flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Soviet Union 1923–1991 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Flag of the Soviet Union (reverse).svg While the flag of the Soviet Union was officially two-sided, in practice the flag was usually made through and through. All flags of the constituent republics of the Soviet Union did not bear the hammer and sickle on their reverse side.
Spain Arapiles Bandera de Arapiles.svg Bandera de Arapiles reverso.svg
United States Alabama 1861–1865 Flag of Alabama (1861, obverse).svg Flag of Alabama (1861, reverse).svg Flag of Alabama
Massachusetts 1908–1971 Flag of Massachusetts.svg Flag of Massachusetts (1908–1971).svg In 1971 the pine tree design on the reverse of the flag of Massachusetts was replaced by the obverse design; a shield depicting an Algonquian Native American with bow and arrow, with the arrow pointed downwards signifying peace.
Minnesota 1893–1957 Flag of Minnesota (1893–1957).svg Flag of Minnesota (1893).svg Flag of Minnesota
Oregon 1925–present Flag of Oregon.svg Flag of Oregon (reverse).svg The flag of Oregon is currently the only double-sided state flag.
Richmond, Virginia 1914–1933 Flag of Richmond, Virginia (1914–1933).png Flag of Richmond, Virginia (reverse, 1914-1933).gif Flag of Richmond, Virginia
West Virginia 1905–1907 Flag of West Virginia (1905–1907).svg Flag of West Virginia (1905–1907) reverse.png Carmine red fringe (see Flag of West Virginia#1905 flag)
West Virginia 1907–1929 Flag of West Virginia (1907–1929).png Flag of West Virginia (1905–1907).svg Old gold fringe (see Flag of West Virginia#1907 flag)

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