Seal of the District of Columbia

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Great Seal of the District of Columbia
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Armiger District of Columbia
Other elements Lady Justice hanging a wreath on a statue of George Washington; the motto of the District of Columbia, "JUSTITIA OMNIBUS" (Latin for Justice for All); and "1871", the year in which the District was organized in its present form. In the background is the United States Capitol on the right; on the left, a train steams across a viaduct under a rising sun.
Use To represent the District of Columbia and to authenticate certain documents.

The Great Seal of the District of Columbia depicts Lady Justice hanging a wreath on a statue of George Washington; the motto of the District of Columbia, "JUSTITIA OMNIBUS" (Latin for Justice for All); and "1871", the year in which the District was organized in its present form. In the background is the United States Capitol on the right; on the left, a train steams across a viaduct under a rising sun.

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This collection of United States Seals was registered by the Library of Congress in 1876. When enlarged, the Seal of the District of Columbia has one noticeable difference: the space now occupied by George Washington is held by the Statue of Freedom.

The original seal features Lady Justice placing a wreath not on a statue of George Washington, but on the Statue of Freedom which sits atop the Capitol Building.

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