The reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States is composed of four symbols derived from nature or culture that combine to create a dynamic design whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The imagery is complemented by two mottoes, Annuit Coeptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum.
REVERSE SIDE SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS
- A Pyramid unfinished
- An Eye in a triangle surrounded with a glory (rays of light)
- On the base of the pyramid, the numerical letters MDCCLXXVI
Note: The Great Seal has a reverse side because in the 18th century when it was designed, pendant seals were used. These were in the form of a two-sided disk of wax attached to the document by ribbons or cords.