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Combined artworks by Terry Lamb.
A more perfect union

Unity is a Major Theme
of the Great Seal of the United States

The American bald eagle carries the message, "E Pluribus Unum," which means "Out of Many, One." This Latin motto was originally associated with a hand holding a bouquet of different flowers.

    Other symbols of unity on the Great Seal:
  • Bundle of 13 Arrows
  • Constellation of 13 Stars
  • Shield with 13 stripes

During the American Revolution,
emblems on paper money often symbolized unity.

Image on reverse side of Fugio coins and currency.

The two-sided Great Seal can become a symbol of unity.

United Seal of America artwork by Doris Rowe ©2001GreatSeal.com United Seal of America artwork by Doris Rowe ©2001GreatSeal.com
United Seal of America artwork by Doris Rowe ©2001GreatSeal.com United Seal of America artwork by Doris Rowe ©2001GreatSeal.com

Artwork by Doris Rowe for GreatSeal.com

This United Seal centers around the golden rays of light,
the only symbol on both sides of the Great Seal.
Watch the two sides unite.


Top Image: Great Seal realizations by Terry Lamb (1975)


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