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The Great Seal of the State of Idaho serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Gem of the Mountains". The Idaho state seal is also an emblem that is representative of the state's origins, history, character and ideals. The following Idaho motto, reflecting the spirit of the state, is also incorporated in the Idaho state seal and is expressed in Latin as "Esto perpetua" which means:

"Let it be perpetual"

The Idaho state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Idaho state flag. The symbolism, history and emblems of the Idaho seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

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Facts on the Idaho 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 Idaho State Seal:

Idaho State Seal Facts
Fact 1: Idaho Territory seal adopted 1863 and used until statehood
Fact 2: Date of Statehood 1890

Fact 3: Designed by Emma Edwards Green, the only woman to design a state seal

A painting by Paul B. Evans officially replaced the original design by Emma Edwards Green in 1957

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

The figure of the woman represents Themis the ancient Greek goddess of justice and she holds the scales of justice. In her other hand she holds a spear covered by a liberty cap. The pileus, or Phrygian cap was said to be worn in ancient Rome by slaves who had won their freedom.
The state flower, the wild Syringa, or wild Mock Orange, and wheat grows next to the goddess
In heraldry a wheatsheaf is called a garb and it symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured
The figure of the man represents a miner who holds a pick and shovel.
The miner stands on a ledge of rock and pieces of ore are scattered about his feet, reflecting the rich mining heritage of the state
In the center, beneath the motto of Idaho, is the head of an elk, an animal that is protected by the state of Idaho
The central shield holds images of the landscape of the state and the Snake River together with a pine tree reflecting the timber industry
Beneath the shield is a sheaf of wheat indicating its importance to the economy of Idaho
There is a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, flanking the wheat sheaf. A cornucopia is a a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce and is an ancient symbol in classical antiquity of abundance and nourishment
In heraldry a wheatsheaf is called a garb and it symbolizes that harvest of one's hopes has been secured
The Idaho seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Idaho Banner of 1904
This is the 1904 banner of the state showing the design of the Idaho seal at this time. The banner illustrates the main industries of the state. A farmer is holding a scythe next to his crops of wheat and corn. A miner is depicted on the other side with a train and a smelter, a factory with a smoking chimney that depicts smelting metal from its ore. 


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