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

Symbols (front)
 Bald Eagle
 Shield
 Olive Branch
 Arrows
 Stars
 Rays of Light
 Cloud

Symbols (back)
 Pyramid
 Eye
 MDCCLXXVI

Great Seals
 Official Dies
 First Engravings
 First Painting
 1792 Medal
 Indian Medals
 1882 Medal
 One-Dollar Bill

Myths
 Eagle Side
 Pyramid Side

Themes
 Unity
   On the Money
   United Seal
 Peace
 Liberty
 Thirteen

Related
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Related
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 Resources


Animation

The United Seal of America

This United Seal centers around the golden rays of light, the only
symbolic element America's founders included on both sides of the Great Seal
of the United States – the emblem they envisioned to express the
idea and purpose of their new nation to the world and to the future.

Over the head of the American bald eagle, this light is breaking
through a cloud surrounding the constellation of 13 stars.
In the zenith of an unfinished pyramid on the reverse,
rays of light radiate from the eye in a triangle.

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

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