Modern Armenian consists of 39 letters. At the end of the 12th century the Armenian alphabet was supplemented with the letters O and F. The Armenian alphabet, decorated with various symbolic images, became a carrier of both the beautiful and the semantic.
The Armenian alphabet, which is a phonetic-letter type of writing, is integral in its composition. Each letter has one sound, each sound has one letter.
In spite of some changes the Armenian writing system has preserved that principle till now. It is original in its coordination of letters, their structure and the way they are arranged,
It does not copy directly to any alien system, It is one of the rarest scripts in the world.
The originality is shown in the numerical values of the letters (the letters are arranged in four rows: ones, tens, hundreds and thousands).
During more than 1600 years of existence of the Armenian alphabet little changes have taken place. The Armenian alphabet is one of the most perfect and well preserved in the world; it is used in Western and Eastern Armenia, in Artsakh, Javakhk, in Armenian colonies, in different cultural and Armenological centers. A rich literature has been created on the basis of the Armenian Mesrop’s scriptures. This writing of ancient, middle and new civilizations has a valuable contribution to the treasury of world culture.