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

"Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"

The Iowa state seal identifies government buildings and officials and the eagle and banners are displayed as a centerpiece for the Iowa state flag.

Iowa State Seal


Facts on the Iowa State Seal
The symbolism, history and emblems of the seal are described in this article with fast facts and information. The men who designed the Great State seal s were educated in the classics and were knowledgeable of art history and symbolism of heraldry. Fast, fun facts about the history and design:

Iowa State Seal Facts

Fact 1: First version was the Iowa Territorial Seal
(1838 -1846)

Fact 2: New Iowa seal created in February 25 1847
Fact 3: Variations were introduced in 1893, 1914 and 1918

Iowa Territorial Seal


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

An image of an eagle holds a banner with the Iowa state's motto in its beak
The central figure depicts an American soldier in the uniform of the 1800's supporting the swirling American flag topped with a liberty cap with his right hand, and holding his rifle with his left hand. The pileus, or Phrygian cap was said to be worn in ancient Rome by slaves who had won their freedom.
Behind the soldier is a plow and to his side are pictures of other farming tools including a sickle and a hoe next to a sheath of wheat. All of these tools represent the importance of agriculture and farming to the economy of the state

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

A lead furnace and pile of pig lead can be seen to the right of the soldier representing the importance of the mining industry
The Mississippi river serves as a backdrop to the seal together with a steamboat.
The steamboat was important to the economy in the 1800's and provided an excellent transportation system for the state
The mountains represent the Loess Hills (or low mountains) that stretch along much of the western border of Iowa
The Iowa seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Iowa Banner of 1876
This is an Iowa flyer showing the 1876 design of the seal. The pictures illustrate the important industries in the 1800's.


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