Facts Facts about the US Great seal/American seal – State Seal &National seal
The Great Seal of the United States some times called the American seal or the state seal is the symbol of the United States independent Nation and self-government which is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the U.S. federal government. The phrase is used both for the physical seal itself (which is kept by the U.S. Secretary of State), and more generally for the design impressed upon it. The Great Seal was first used publicly in 1782
The Great Seal appears on official documents such as proclamations, warrants, treaties, and commissions of high officials of the Government.
It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags. As a coat of arms, the design has official colors; the physical Great Seal itself, as affixed to paper, is monochrome.
Facts about the US Great Seal
- The Great Seal is used as our national coat of arms.
- The custodian of the Great Seal is the US Secretary of state
- The Great Seal is a round piece of metal with designs on both the front and back. You can see both sides of the Great Seal printed on the back of a dollar bill.
- A blue stripe at the top of the shield stands for Congress.
- The eagle holds an olive branch, symbolizing peace, in one talon.
- The other talon holds the arrows of war.
- The eagle holds a ribbon in its beak which contains the Latin words, “E. pluribus unum,” which means “From many, one.” (from many states, one nation)The back of the seal bears a pyramid with thirteen layers, representing the thirteen original colonies.On the bottom step of the pyramid is the Roman date MDCCLXXVI—1776.
- Thirteen represent the first thirteen states which represents the first colonies such as Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia.