Definition of the Flag of New Mexico
The flag consists of a superimposition of the sun symbol of life, from the Zia Pueblo, in the Spanish colors red on a yellow field, from the flags of Tercios Morados Viejos and Aragon. The symbols were combined while still maintaining the individuality of each, the Santa Fe de Nuevo México culture represented in Spanish modern culture and the Native Americans represented in the Pueblo modern culture. Its dramatic design has been compared to the Flag of Japan.
Examples of the Flag of New Mexico
Colors of the Flag of New Mexico
The New Mexico State Flag features a red Zia sun symbol on a yellow field. The Pueblo modern culture is well known for its artistic prowess, and uses very specific geometric shapes, as such the New Mexico Statutes and Court Rules specifies the mathematics representing the symbol on the 2:3 flag, “The sun symbol shall be one-third of the length of the flag. Said symbol shall have four groups of rays set at right angles; each group shall consist of four rays, the two inner rays of the group shall be one-fifth longer than the outer rays of the group. The diameter of the circle in the center of the symbol shall be one-third of the width of the symbol.” Also according to the New Mexico Statutes and Court Rules “colors shall be the red and yellow of old Spain”, according to Spain’s law, the official hex values of Spanish yellow and red are as follows:
The hexadecimal color #f1bf00 has RGB values of R:241, G:191, B:0 and CMYK values of C:0, M:0.21, Y:1, K:0.05. Its decimal value is 15843072. (data from colorhexa.com)
The hexadecimal color #aa151b has RGB values of R:170, G:21, B:27 and CMYK values of C:0, M:0.88, Y:0.84, K:0.33. Its decimal value is 11146523. (data from colorhexa.com)
Origin of the Flag of New Mexico
At the request of the Daughters of the American Revolution, after the statehood of New Mexico 1912, a contest was held in the 1920s and won in 1925 by Harry Percival “Doc” Mera.
Alternate names or spellings; New Mexico state flag.
First Known Use: 20th century