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 1st Committee
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Latin Mottoes
 E Pluribus Unum
 Annuit Coeptis
 Novus Ordo Seclorum

Symbols (front)
 Bald Eagle
 Olive Branch
 Rays of Light

Symbols (back)

Great Seals
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 Wild Turkey
 President's Seal

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Symbols on the Obverse Side
of the Great Seal of the United States

Symbols and mottos link to their respective pages.
Text is original  1782 description of the design.

The front or obverse side of the Great Seal of the United States is composed of seven symbolic elements derived from nature and culture that combine to create a dynamic design whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The iconic imagery is complemented by the Latin motto
E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One.

Official 1782 Remarks and Explanation of the symbols

*The obverse side of the Great Seal is America's "coat of arms,"
a heraldic term for the official mark and emblem of a sovereign nation's authority.

Historical content is based on the official history of the Great Seal.
Author and webwright: John D. MacArthur