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Latin Mottoes
 E Pluribus Unum
 Annuit Coeptis
 Novus Ordo Seclorum

Symbols (front)
 Bald Eagle
 Olive Branch
 Rays of Light

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Great Seals
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 First Painting
 1792 Medal
 Indian Medals
 1882 Medal
 One-Dollar Bill
 United Seal
 Eagle Rising

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First Painting of the Great Seal

First Painting of the Great Seal

This large (45 x 66") oil painting is the work of an unknown artist. Commissioned in 1785, it has always hung next to the pew used by George Washington in St. Paul's Chapel at Trinity Church in New York City.

The constellation of stars is correctly depicted in a natural formation, and the rays of light are "breaking through a cloud" as they should be (and as seen in other early realizations of the Great Seal).

The eagle, however, is not a bald eagle as specified by the official description of the Great Seal.

First Painting of the Great Seal