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The Arkansas State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Arkansas serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Natural State".

The Arkansas state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The spirit of the state is reflected in the Arkansas state motto:

"The people rule"

The Arkansas state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism, history and emblems are described in this article with fast facts and information.

Arkansas State Seal


Facts on the Arkansas State Seal
The men who designed the Great State seals were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design of the Arkansas State Seal:

Arkansas State Seal Facts

Fact 1: The territorial seal designed by Senator Samuel Calhoun Roane (1793-1852) in 1825

Fact 2: The seal design was altered in 1835 and adopted in 1836 when Arkansas became a state

Fact 3: It was adopted in its basic form in 1864
Fact 4: The current design was adopted in 1907

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Description, Symbols, Icons and Emblems of the Arkansas State Seal
The description and meaning of the symbols, icons and emblems are as follows:

The images symbolize many of the key industries & natural riches found in Arkansas
The Goddess of Liberty is depicted at the top surrounded by a circle of stars, outside of which, is a circle of rays
The Goddess of Liberty holds a wreath in one hand a pole in the other upon top of which is a liberty cap. The pileus, or Phrygian cap was said to be worn in ancient Rome by slaves who had won their freedom.
At the bottom a winged angel holds the end of the blue banner with the words 'mercy'
The angel is pointing to a shield that depicts a steamboat at the top, a beehive and plow in the middle, and a sheaf of wheat at the bottom

In heraldry a wheatsheaf is called a garb and it symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured

The sword of Justice is adjacent to the angel
An eagle is depicted with the shield on its chest, holding a scroll in its beak inscribed with the motto 'Regnat Populus', with a bundle of arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other
The eagle holds an olive branch in one claw and a bundle of arrows in the other, the  symbols of war and peace
The seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

Arkansas State Seal - Enlarged view

The Arkansas Territory Seal
The territorial seal was designed by Senator Samuel Calhoun Roane (1793-1852) in 1835.

Territorial design of 1835, adopted in 1836Arkansas design of 1889

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