The United States Great Seal
The official seal of the United States Government was adopted
on June 20, 1782 and symbolizes the sovereignty of the U.S.
Charles Thomson, Secretary of State, prepared the design
used on the face.
William Barton advised the design committee and designed
most of the reverse side, which can be seen on the reverse side of the
In 1789, the custody of the seal was entrusted to the Secretary
On the seal is an eagle with a shield on its breast that
The 13 stripes on the shield (6 red and 7 white) represent
the thirteen original states.
The stripes are surmounted by a broad horizontal strip of
blue that symbolizes Congress.
The eagle holds an olive branch in its right talon to represent
In its left talon there is a cluster of arrows to show we
can wage war.
In its beak there is a scroll with the Latin motto E pluribus
unum ("Out of many, one").
A cluster of 13 pointed stars surrounded by a glory is above
Did you know...?
The Great Seal is used 2,000-3,000 times a year.
Photo Found: www.co.durham.nc.us/.../ off-guide-federal-01.html
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2000. 1993-1999