Historical coats of arms of the U.S. states from 1876

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Title page of State arms of the union with the Great Seal of the United States illustrated
State Arms of the Union (title page, illustrated, 1876)

Historical coats of arms of the U.S. states date back to the admission of the first states to the Union. Despite the widely accepted practice of determining early statehood from the date of ratification of the United States Constitution, many of the original colonies referred to themselves as states shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed on 4 July 1776. Committees of political leaders and intellectuals were established by state legislatures to research and propose a seal and coat of arms. Many of these members were signers of the Articles of Confederation, Declaration of Independence, and United States Constitution. Several of the earliest adopted state coats of arms and seals were similar or identical to their colonial counterparts.

State Arms of the Union, illustrated by Henry Mitchell and published by Louis Prang (known as the father of the lithographic industry), offers historically accurate renderings of the state's coats of arms as they existed in 1876. An accomplished engraver with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for 40 years, Mitchell was responsible for engraving several coats of arms for official state use as well as arms for well-known educational and philanthropic organizations. The illustrations are presented alongside proof impressions from the engraved dies used to print the state arms on the first issue of United States National Bank Notes.

Coat of arms[edit]

Heraldic arms were worn (embroidered) on a coat which knights wore over their armor, hence coat of arms,[1] a term which dates back roughly 1,000 years[2] to jousting tournaments.[3]

Arms versus seal[edit]

A state coat of arms may exist independently of the seal, but the reverse is not generally the case.[4] A seal contains a coat of arms or other devices[5][6] whereas a state coat of arms constitutes the bulk of a seal,[7][6] except for the wording identifying it as the "Great Seal of the State of..."[8] A "seal" has been described as the design impressed on public or legislative official documents,[9] whereas a coat of arms generally appears for illustrative purposes. Examples include flags and banners,[10] and state militia uniform caps[11] and buttons,[12] as well as specifically-designed regimental coats of arms for U.S. Infantry Regiments (e.g., Coats of arms of U.S. Infantry Regiments), and National Guard units.[13]

A coat of arms of a nation or state is usually the design or device of the obverse of its seal. It is an official emblem, mark of identification, and symbol of the authority of the government of a nation or state. A nation or state's coat of arms is oftentimes referred to as the national or state arms.[14]

Design[edit]

The design of a state coat of arms or seal has generally been authorized by a provision in the state constitution or a legislative act. In most instances a committee (more often than not consisting of three members)[15][16][17][18] was appointed to study the issue, seek advice from qualified artists, historians, legal scholars, etc., and report back to the authorizing legislative body with a design for their approval. Historically, this committee has consisted of notable members of society and elected officials.

The first committee to design the Great Seal of the United States was appointed on 4 July 1776 by the Second Continental Congress and consisted of Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson.[19] Their design was rejected on 20 August 1776. The second committee (James Lovell, John Morin Scott, and William Churchill Houston) design met with the same fate.[15] It was the third committee (Arthur Middleton, Elias Boudinot, John Rutledge, who consulted with William Barton) that submitted a design which was approved on 20 July 1782.[15]

Individual states approached their coats of arms and seals in a similar manner (i.e., seeking direction from the statesmen and scholars of their community). A few of those involved in the design of state arms and seals include (but is not limited to): John Jay and Gouverneur Morris (New York);[16] Francis Hopkinson (New Jersey);[20] David Rittenhouse and George Clymer (Pennsylvania);[18] and George Mason, Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin West, and Thomas Jefferson (Virginia).[21]

Authority[edit]

An impression of the Great Seal of a state (or its coat of arms) has long been required on official documents ranging from deeds to legislative acts. It was the emblem that certified the authenticity of a given document[14][22] or that the authority of the state was invested in said document.[22] Judicial decisions upheld the need for a valid seal and/or coat of arms on notarized documents.[nb 1]

One of the more compelling legislative actions recognizing the legal importance/authority of the state seal and arms occurred in February 1873 when a joint session of the United States Congress refused to recognize Arkansas's electoral votes in the November 1872 presidential election.[23] The official tally of the state's electoral votes was submitted with an invalid seal (bearing the coat of arms of the office of the Secretary of the State of Arkansas versus the seal of the state of Arkansas bearing the state arms).[23][24][25]

Regulation[edit]

Courts and state legislatures also opined on the inappropriate uses of state seals and arms. Most states barred their use for any kind of advertising.[nb 2] Reproduction for corporate use was similarly prohibited[26] and such infractions were classified as offenses against public property.[27] The 2003 Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives prohibits the use of state seals or coats of arms in product branding so as not to mislead the public into thinking that a commercial product has been endorsed by a government organization.[28]

Instances of design inaccuracies[edit]

View of Mount Logan as depicted on the Ohio state coat of arms
Ohio's seal depicts Mount Logan (elevation 1,243 ft (379 m)[29]) and nearby summits in Chillicothe.[30]

A state coat of arms provided an opportunity to convey the natural and industrial resources available to its residents.[31] Common themes depicted in state arms include, farming, industry, transportation (e.g., boats, trains, and wagons), and nature (e.g., sunsets and mountains). The Ohio and Indiana state arms depict fairly substantial mountains in the distance. In reality, the highest points in Ohio and Indiana are Campbell Hill (1,550 feet (470 m))[32] and Hoosier Hill (1,257 feet (383 m))[33] respectively.

The Florida state arms also depicts mountains in the distance but the highest point in the state is 345 feet (105 m) feet high.[34] In addition to the distortion of local geography,[35] the image also contains historically inaccurate information. The period depicted in the state arms (c. 1830) was a time when the local Seminole Native Americans were hostile toward white settlers; the warm greeting (e.g., flower petals strewn on the ground) offered by the Seminole to the arriving steam ship would have been highly improbable.[35] Furthermore, the Seminole woman depicted would not have worn any headdress, particularly one of northern and western Seminole tribes.[35]

State Arms of the Union[edit]

Published in 1876 by Louis Prang and illustrated by Henry Mitchell, State Arms of the Union contains a chromolithographed title page depicting the Great Seal of the United States and seven color plates with 45 state and territorial coats of arms. The book was likely published for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition.[36]

Louis Prang[edit]

Louis Prang was born 12 March 1824 in Breslau. At the age of 13 he began apprenticing for his father[37] and learned to dye and print calico, as well as wood and metal engraving.[38] Prang emigrated to Boston in 1850 and became an illustrator for a number of local publications.[39] Starting a business partnership in 1856 to manufacture copper and lithographic plates, Prang became sole proprietor in 1860 and named the company L. Prang & Co.[38] He specialized in color printing, more specifically “chromolithography”[37] Prang spent over four decades studying and creating a standard of colors[40] and engraved and printed maps, prints of contemporary celebrities, and color reproductions of famous works of art.[39]

In 1875 Prang was responsible for introducing the Christmas card to America.[38] He created an annual design competition for his Christmas cards (run between 1880 and 1884), and judges included John La Farge, Samuel Colman, Stanford White, and Louis Comfort Tiffany.[37] Some of the notable winners included Elihu Vedder, Rosina Emmet Sherwood, Edwin Blashfield,[37] Thomas Moran, and Will Hicok Low.[39] Prang has become known as the "father of the American Christmas card",[37][38][39] as well as the "father of the lithographic industry".[40][41]

Henry Mitchell[edit]

Henry Mitchell was born in New York in 1835 and went to school in Philadelphia.[42] At the age of 10 he began working with his uncle[43] to learn the trade of gem and steel engraving.[44] By the age of 20 (1855), Mitchell had engraved the official seals for the Kingdom of Hawaii.[44][45]

In 1868 Mitchell joined the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and for 40 years engraved stamped envelopes.[46] Through his BEP work, Mitchell was also responsible for engraving the seal of the Secretary of the Navy and the Internal Revenue Service.[45] He also engraved the state seals for Massachusetts,[44] New York,[45] New Hampshire,[45] Vermont,[44] Rhode Island,[43] and Wisconsin.[47] Outside of state and federal government engraving, Mitchell engraved the seals and coats of arms for many well-known institutions which include Harvard University, Society of the Cincinnati, and Boston Public Library.[45] He engraved the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition award medal (1876) which was struck in the Philadelphia Mint.[48] In 1891, Mitchell was invited by the Secretary of the Treasury to join a committee to evaluate the artistic design proposals for a new issue of U.S. coins. The two other members were Charles E. Barber, Chief Engraver of the United States Mint, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.[49][50]

In addition to being considered an expert on heraldry,[45] Mitchell was regarded as one of the best engravers[42][43] and medal designers in the United States.[51]

State Arms depicted on United States banknotes[edit]

The National Bank Act (12 Stat. 532) authorized the issue of a national currency. Historical vignettes on the front and back were the same by denomination (e.g., Landing of Columbus was on the reverse of all $5 notes)[52] and the state coat of arms (located on the reverse left side) was coordinated with the geographic location of the issuing bank.[52] Records do not clearly state who bore the responsibility for the design of the state arms (i.e., the U.S. Treasury Department, or the three bank note companies contracted for engraving and printing).[53] It appears that the first dies (for New Jersey, Missouri, Minnesota, and Vermont) were completed by the American Bank Note Company by 9 October 1863 based on their own drawings.[54] State arms appeared on the reverse of the Original and 1875 Series notes (first and second issue of the first design), and the 1882 Brown Back Series (the second design) of National Bank Notes.

Examples of arms depicted on Colonial and National currency
Location Colonial
Currency
National
Banknotes
Information
Connecticut Connecticut colonial seal detail (1775) Connecticut state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB Colonial (1775)[nb 3]
National (1863)[nb 4]
Maryland Maryland colonial seal detail (1770) Maryland state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB Colonial (1770)
National (1864)[nb 4]
Rhode Island
Rhode Island colonial seal detail (1738)
Rhode Island state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB Colonial (1738)
National (1863)[nb 4]
South Carolina South Carolina colonial seal detail (1778) South Carolina state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB Colonial (1778)
National (1865)[nb 4]

Historical coats of arms[edit]

The main table contains four columns. Location refers to either the territory or state and is linked to the most relevant article (e.g., Seal of... or Coat of arms of...). All but one of the illustrations are included in a relevant article. Coat of arms contains the State Arms of the Union illustrations. National Bank Note contains the state arms found on U.S. National Currency between 1863 and the 1890s. Information lists the date of statehood and/or territorial organic act date and the date the state or territorial arms were accepted by constitutional convention or legislative assembly.

Historical coats of arms
Location Coat of arms[nb 5] National Bank Note Information[nb 6]
Alabama Alabama state coat of arms Alabama state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1819-12-14Statehood – 14 December 1819
Arms – 29 December 1868[56]
Arkansas Arkansas state coat of arms Arkansas state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1836-06-15Statehood – 15 June 1836
Arms – 3 May 1864[57]
California California state coat of arms California state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1850-09-09Statehood – 9 September 1850
Arms – 2 October 1849[56]
Colorado Colorado state coat of arms Colorado state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1876-08-01Statehood – 1 August 1876
Arms – 13 June 1877[58]
Connecticut Connecticut state coat of arms Connecticut state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-01-09Statehood – 9 January 1788
Arms – October 1842[59]
Dakota Territory Dakota territory coat of arms Dakota Territory coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1861-03-02Organic Act – 2 March 1861[60]
Arms – 3 January 1863[61]
Delaware Delaware state coat of arms Delaware state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1787-12-07Statehood – 7 December 1787
Arms – 18 January 1847[62]
District of Columbia District of Columbia coat of arms District of Columbia state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1790-02-21Organic Act – 21 February 1790[60]
Arms – 3 August 1871[63]
Florida Florida state coat of arms Florida state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1845-03-03Statehood – 3 March 1845
Arms – 6 August 1868[64]
Georgia Georgia state coat of arms Georgia state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-01-02Statehood – 2 January 1788
Arms – 8 February 1799[65]
Idaho Territory Idaho territory coat of arms Idaho Territory coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1863-03-03Organic Act – 3 March 1863[66]
Arms – 13 March 1866[67]
Statehood – 3 July 1890
Illinois Illinois state coat of arms Illinois state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1818-12-03Statehood – 3 December 1818
Arms – 7 March 1867[68]
Indiana Indiana state coat of arms Indiana state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1816-12-11Statehood – 11 December 1816
Arms – 13 December 1816[69]
Iowa Iowa state coat of arms Iowa state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1846-12-28Statehood – 28 December 1846
Arms – 25 February 1847[70]
Kansas Kansas state coat of arms Kansas state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1861-01-29Statehood – 29 January 1861
Arms – 25 May 1861[71][nb 7]
Kentucky Kentucky state coat of arms Kentucky state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1792-06-01Statehood – 1 June 1792
Arms – 20 December 1792[73][nb 8]
Louisiana Louisiana state coat of arms Louisiana state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1812-04-30Statehood – 30 April 1812
Arms – 23 December 1813[nb 9][nb 10]
Maine Maine state coat of arms Maine state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1820-03-15Statehood – 15 March 1820
Arms – 9 June 1820[77][78]
Maryland Maryland state coat of arms Maryland state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-04-28Statehood – 28 April 1788
Arms – 18 March 1876[77][nb 11][nb 12]
Massachusetts Massachusetts state coat of arms Massachusetts state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-02-06Statehood – 6 February 1788
Arms – 13 December 1780[81]
Michigan Michigan state coat of arms Michigan state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1837-01-26Statehood – 26 January 1837
Arms – 2 June 1835[82]
Minnesota Minnesota state coat of arms Minnesota state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1858-05-11Statehood – 11 May 1858
Arms – 16 July 1858[83]
Mississippi Mississippi state coat of arms Mississippi state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1817-12-10Statehood – 10 December 1817
Arms – 6 February 1894[nb 13]
Missouri Missouri state coat of arms Missouri state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1821-08-10Statehood – 10 August 1821
Arms – 11 January 1822[86][nb 14]
Montana Territory Montana territory coat of arms Montana state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1864-05-26Organic Act – 26 May 1864[66]
Arms – 9 February 1865[88][nb 15]
Statehood – 8 November 1889
Nebraska Nebraska state coat of arms Nebraska state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1867-03-01Statehood – 1 March 1867
Arms – 15 June 1867[90][nb 16]
Nevada Nevada state coat of arms Nevada state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1864-10-31Statehood – 31 October 1864
Arms – 24 February 1866[91]
New Hampshire New Hampshire state coat of arms New Hampshire state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-06-21Statehood – 21 June 1788
Arms – 12 February 1785[92]
New Jersey New Jersey state coat of arms New Jersey state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1787-12-18Statehood – 18 December 1787
Arms – 10 September 1776[82][nb 17]
New Mexico Territory New Mexico territory coat of arms
[nb 18]
1912-01-06Organic Act – 9 September 1850[60]
Arms – 1 February 1887[94]
Statehood – 6 January 1912
New York New York state coat of arms New York state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-07-26Statehood – 26 July 1788
Arms – 27 March 1809[95]
North Carolina North Carolina state coat of arms North Carolina state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1789-11-21Statehood – 21 November 1789
Arms – 1835[96]
North Dakota
[nb 19]
North Dakota state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1889-11-02Statehood – 2 November 1889
Arms – 1 October 1889[98]
Ohio Ohio state coat of arms Ohio state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1803-03-01Statehood – 1 March 1803
Arms – 1 March 1803[nb 20]
Oregon Oregon state coat of arms Oregon state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1859-02-14Statehood – 14 February 1859
Arms – 2 June 1859[99]
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania state coat of arms Pennsylvania state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1787-12-12Statehood – 12 December 1787
Arms – 17 March 1875[100]
Rhode Island Rhode Island state coat of arms Rhode Island state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1790-05-29Statehood – 29 May 1790
Arms – 24 February 1875[101][nb 7]
South Carolina South Carolina state coat of arms South Carolina state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-05-23Statehood – 23 May 1788
Arms – 2 April 1776[102]
South Dakota
[nb 19]
South Dakota state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1889-11-02Statehood – 2 November 1889
Arms – 1 October 1889[103]
Tennessee Tennessee state coat of arms Tennessee state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1796-06-01Statehood – 1 June 1796
Arms – 24 April 1802[104][nb 7]
Texas Texas state coat of arms Texas state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1845-12-29Statehood – 29 December 1845
Arms – 25 January 1839[105]
Utah Territory Utah territory coat of arms Utah territory coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1850-09-09Organic Act – 9 September 1850[60]
Arms – 9 September 1850[106]
Statehood – 4 January 1896
Vermont Vermont state coat of arms Vermont state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1791-03-04Statehood – 4 March 1791
Arms – 20 February 1779[107][nb 21]
Virginia Virginia state coat of arms Virginia state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1788-06-25Statehood – 25 June 1788
Arms – 1776[nb 22][nb 23]
Washington
[nb 24]
Washington state coat of arms the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1889-06-04Organic Act – 2 March 1853[60]
Arms – 28 February 1854[111]
West Virginia West Virginia state coat of arms West Virginia state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1863-06-20Statehood – 20 June 1863
Arms – 26 September 1863[112][nb 25]
Wisconsin Wisconsin state coat of arms Wisconsin state coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1848-05-29Statehood – 29 May 1848
Arms – 29 December 1851[113]
Wyoming Territory Wyoming territory coat of arms Wyoming territory coat of arms from the reverse of the National Bank Note Series 1882BB 1868-07-25Organic Act – 25 July 1868[114]
Statehood – 10 July 1890

Missing territorial or state coats of arms[edit]

When State Arms of the Union was published in 1876, some existing arms were not included (e.g., Arizona and Washington Territory). At the time, Alaska was classified as the Department of Alaska (1867–84) and became the District of Alaska (1884–1912) before becoming the Territory of Alaska (1912–59). The Alaska territorial seal was designed in 1910[115] and adopted in 1913.[116] On 3 January 1959 Alaska became the 49th U.S. State.[117] The Oklahoma Territory (1890–1907) Organic Act was approved on 2 May 1890, and a territorial seal was adopted on 10 January 1893.[118] Hawaii, formerly the Kingdom of Hawaii (1795–1893), Republic of Hawaii (1894–98), and then Territory of Hawaii (1898–1959) became the 50th U.S. State on 21 August 1959.[119] None of the territories or states mentioned above had a coat of arms represented on national currency.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Tickner et al. v. Roberts, 11 La. 14 (Louisiana Supreme Court March 1837) (“...notarial instruments were required to be authenticated by a seal, containing the coat of arms of the territory, the name and surname of the notary, his official capacity, and the place in which he exercised his office...the protest in this case, lacking the seal, which the law of that State prescribed, it appears to us, ought not to be received in evidence in our courts.”). .
  2. ^ For example, see Commonwealth v. R.I. Sherman Manufacturing Company, 189 Mass. 76 (Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court 8 Sep 1905) (“The Massachusetts statute prohibiting the use of its arms or seal for advertising or commercial purposes is not in conflict with the clause of the Constitution of the United States investing Congress with power to regulate commerce among the several states”). .
  3. ^ Although the pictured example is from a 1776 colonial note, the arms depicted was designed and adopted on 25 October 1711.[55]
  4. ^ a b c d Although the example used is a Series of 1882 Brown Back, the coat of arms on the first issue 1860s notes used the same engraved dies for the arms.
  5. ^ Any missing images in this column indicates that at that time of publication (1876) a given territory had not attained statehood and/or did not have an official territorial coat of arms.
  6. ^ The date listed for the adoption of the state arms refers to the design illustrated in State Arms of the Union. Column sort function is chronological based on the date of statehood (ratification of the U.S. Constitution) or territorial status (Organic Act).
  7. ^ a b c The Kansas, Rhode Island, and Tennessee state coats of arms on the back of the 1882BB were engraved by Timothy House of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[72]
  8. ^ The Kentucky coat of arms on the back of the 1882BB was engraved by Alfred Jones of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[74]
  9. ^ The illustrated Louisiana coat of arms represents a small design change in 1864, but the concept and design elements were in place since 1813.[75]
  10. ^ The Louisiana coat of arms on the back of the 1882BB was engraved by Louis Delnoce of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[76]
  11. ^ The illustrated coat of arms of Maryland was the tenth version of the seal, and a restoration to the description offered by Lord Baltimore on 12 August 1648).[79]
  12. ^ The Maryland coat of arms on the back of the 1882BB was engraved by W.W. Rice of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[80]
  13. ^ In 1861 Mississippi adopted a coat of arms and state flag. However, in 1865 the approval was rescinded leaving Mississippi without official state arms until 1894.[84] On 6 February 1894 the proposed design for the state coat of arms was approved.[85]
  14. ^ The Missouri seal and arms were designed by Judge Robert William Wells.[87]
  15. ^ According to the State Constitution of Montana, in the event of a transition from a Territorial to State government, the Territorial Seal would remain effective until expressly changed by legislative action.[89]
  16. ^ The illustrated arms represent the change from the territorial to state arms. However, the BEP engraved arms were never updated.
  17. ^ New Jersey coat of arms was designed by Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere.[93]
  18. ^ The New Mexico coat of arms (territorial or state) was never used on National Bank Notes.
  19. ^ a b Both North and South Dakota were admitted to the United States on 2 November 1889 (after the 1876 publication of the State Arms of the Union).[97]
  20. ^ While the seal of Ohio had experienced several unauthorized varieties in use, in 1868 legislature reverted the official design to the initial seal from the state constitution of 1803.[6]
  21. ^ On 25 November 1862, Vermont legislature formally recognized the existing seal and coat of arms.[108]
  22. ^ The coat of arms was engraved in Paris and not ready until 4 September 1779.[109]
  23. ^ The Virginia coat of arms on the back of the 1882BB was engraved by James Bannister of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[110]
  24. ^ The Washington Territory seal was authorized (but never described) during the first session of the Territorial Legislature on 28 February 1854[111] The coat of arms appearing on National currency was a new design adopted after statehood.
  25. ^ Drawings by Joseph H. Diss Debar.[10]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pinnock, William (1840). A Catechism of Heraldry: Explaining the Nature and Use of Arms and Armoury. Whittaker and Co. p. 3. 
  2. ^ Clark, Hugh; Wormull, Thomas (1854). An Introduction to Heraldry. Henry Washbourne & Co. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Clark, Hugh; Wormull, Thomas (1854). An Introduction to Heraldry. Henry Washbourne & Co. p. 3. 
  4. ^ Nainfa, John A. (1909). Costume of Prelates of the Catholic Church: According to Roman Etiquette. John Murphy Company. p. 139. 
  5. ^ Crabb, George (1823). Universal Technological Dictionary or Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Sciences 2. Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. p. 466. 
  6. ^ a b c Tannehill, Joseph W. (1917). Ohio Interrogation Points. Vic Donahey (Auditor of the State). pp. 19–20. 
  7. ^ Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau (1985). State of Wisconsin Blue Book (1985-1986). Department of Administration (Wisconsin). pp. 958–960. 
  8. ^ Moore, Opha (1907). The Great Seal of Ohio. The Ohio Illustrated Magazine 2 (1) (The Ohio Magazine Publishing Company). pp. 252–53. 
  9. ^ Crabb, George (1823). Universal Technological Dictionary or Familiar Explanations of the Terms Used in All Arts and Aciences 2. Baldwin, Cradock, and Joy. p. 466. 
  10. ^ a b Harris, John T. (1916). West Virginia Legislative Handbook and Manual and Official Register. The Tribune Printing Co. pp. 350–51. 
  11. ^ Utah Military Department (1902). Regulations for the National Guard of Utah. p. 79. 
  12. ^ Adjutant General's Office (1901). Rules and Regulations Governing the Kansas National Guard. W.Y. Morgan, State Printer. p. 108. 
  13. ^ Swinton, William (1870). History of the Seventh Regiment, National Guard, State of New York. Fields, Osgood, & Co. p. 3. 
  14. ^ a b "The Texas State Seal". Texas Secretary of State. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c Hunt, Gaillard (1911). The History of the Department of State. The American Journal of International Law 5 (Baker, Voorhis & Company). pp. 415–32. 
  16. ^ a b Preble, George H. (1917). Origin and History of the American Flag 2. Nicholas L. Brown. p. 616. 
  17. ^ Grimes, J. Bryan (1907). The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina. R.D.W. Connor, Secretary. p. 26. 
  18. ^ a b Pilcher, James E. (1902). The Seal and Arms of Pennsylvania. W.I. Stanley Ray (State Printer). p. 6. 
  19. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana. The Encyclopedia Americana Corporation. 1919. p. 362. 
  20. ^ Journal of the Thirteenth Senate of the State of New Jersey. Morris R. Hamilton. 1857. p. 45. 
  21. ^ Evans, 1910, p. 31.
  22. ^ a b "Use of the Great Seal of Utah". Utah Department of Administrative Services. Retrieved 8 August 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Counting Electoral Votes: Proceedings and Debates of Congress Relating to Counting the Electoral Votes. Government Printing Office. 1876. p. 407. 
  24. ^ Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 2. Bureau of the Census. 1975. p. 1069. 
  25. ^ Hinds, Asher C. (1907). Hinds' Precedents of the House of Representatives of the United States 3. Government Printing Office. p. 272. 
  26. ^ Use of Seal and Coat of Arms by Corporations. The Corporation Journal (47) (The Corporation Trust Company System). 1915. p. 53. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  27. ^ Offenses Against Public Property. Laws of the State of Delaware 28 (1) (Chas. L. Story). 1915. p. 687. 
  28. ^ Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms. Code of Federal Regulations (Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration). 2003. 
  29. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mount Logan
  30. ^ Galbreath, Charles Burleigh (1902). "Seals and Ohio flag". Monthly Bulletins of the Ohio State Library (Columbus, Ohio: Ohio Board of Library Commissioners) 2 (4): 1–5 – via Google Books. 
  31. ^ Huntoon & Shiva, 2013, p. 12.
  32. ^ Ferriter, Robert M. (2009). "United States Interstate Mapping System" (1 ed.). Robert M. Ferriter Publications. p. 205. ISBN 9781434371133. 
  33. ^ Ferriter, Robert M. (2009). United States Interstate Mapping System (1 ed.). Robert M. Ferriter Publications. p. 202. ISBN 9781434371133. 
  34. ^ Ferriter, Robert M. (2009). United States Interstate Mapping System (1 ed.). Robert M. Ferriter Publications. p. 162. ISBN 9781434371133. 
  35. ^ a b c Davis, T. Frederick (1924). "Florida's Great Seal: Its Historical Inaccuracies". Publications of the Florida Historical Society (Florida Historical Society) 3 (2): 16–19. JSTOR 30138842. 
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