Stella quarta decima

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Vermont copper coinage with the motto STELLA QUARTA DECIMA.

Stella quarta decima (Latin for "The Fourteenth Star") is a motto appearing on Vermont copper coinage struck in 1785 and 1786. The coins were issued during the period when Vermont was an independent state (1777–1791), sometimes referred to as the Vermont Republic.

The motto appears on the reverse of the coin and encircles a corona of 13 small stars representing the existing U.S. states, with a large central star with an eye contained within. The motto expresses the then independent state's aspiration to join the United States as the fourteenth. The United States Congress admitted Vermont into the Union, as the fourteenth state, on March 4, 1791.

"Stella quarta decima fulgeat" became the official state motto on April 10, 2015. The Latin words translate as "May the 14th star shine bright."[1]


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