5/14/2012

Colorado's State Symbols: The State Seal

Colorado's state seal is a circular seal that uses the same colors as are found in the state flag - red, blue, white, and gold.  The outer edge of the circle features the year 1876 - this was the year Colorado became a state.  Inside the circle are symbols depicting government, authority, and leadership.  The center of the seal also features a blue, snowcapped mountain and miner's tools depicting Colorado's significant mining heritage.  The State Motto, "Nil Sine Numine," Latin for "Nothing without the Deity," is also within the circle.  The use of the state seal is authorized by the Secretary of State's office, which ensures the seal is used properly and appears in its correct size and form.  For a more detailed explanation of the state seal and what its parts symbolize, visit the Colorado State Archives webpage.
Image courtesy sos.state.co.us.

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