Seal of Arizona
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|The Great Seal of the State of Arizona|
Original Territorial seal
Second Territorial seal
|Armiger||State of Arizona|
|Motto||Ditat Deus (God enriches)|
The Great Seal of the State of Arizona
20. Design of state seal
Section 20. "The seal of the State shall be of the following design: In the background shall be a range of mountains, with the sun rising behind the peaks thereof, and at the right side of the range of mountains there shall be a storage reservoir and a dam, below which in the middle distance are irrigated fields and orchards reaching into the foreground, at the right of which are cattle grazing. To the left in the middle distance on a mountainside is a quartz mill in front of which and in the foreground is a miner standing with pick and shovel. Above this device shall be the motto: "Ditat Deus." In a circular band surrounding the whole device shall be inscribed: "Great Seal of The State of Arizona", with the year of admission of the State into the Union."
According to state statute (Arizona law) the State of Arizona, Secretary of State is the keeper of the seal, and may grant a certificate of approval for a state agency. The use of the seal cannot be used outside of state government. Any person who knowingly violates the law is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor. It cannot be used for commercial purposes under Arizona state law.
The "official" Arizona State Seal was designed by Phoenix newspaper artist, E.E. Motter.
- Source: Arizona Department of State, Office of the Secretary of State
History and a downloadable brochure can be found on the Secretary's website.
- Source: Arizona Department of State, Office of the Secretary of State's website https://azsos.gov/sites/default/files/state_seal_history.pdf