Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Great Seal

The Great Seal of the United States of America

The Great Seal of the United States was officially adopted on June 20, 1782 by resolution of the Congress.  On June 13 Congress provided its Secretary, Charles Thomson, with the materials that had been generated by the three committees which had worked on the development of an official seal over a period of years.  One week later Thomson submitted his design for final approval.

The Seal's obverse is the Coat of Arms of the United States.  Take a dollar bill from your pocket or purse and study the back of the note on which appears both the obverse and reverse sides of the seal.

Notes about the development and symbolism of the Seal are readily available on the internet.  The official State Department account of the development may be accessed here.


Shelly said...

Love this informative post- you've enlightened me on things I should already know but didn't!

Vee said...

Interesting information! I had no idea it took so long and so many committees to create our seal.

vanilla said...

Shelly, there are so many interesting tidbits about our history and the people who helped make us what we are today!

Vee, I guess committees have always behaved in, well, committee-like fashion.

Sharkbytes said...

I hear various interpretations of the symbols. Some are weird. I think the designers were more straightforward.

vanilla said...

Shark, I suspect that there have been many interpretations never intended by the designer. Sometimes things are just what they are.