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The Montana State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of Montana serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Treasure State". The Montana 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, is also incorporated in the Montana state seal is expressed in Spanish as "Oro y plata" which means:

"Gold and Silver"

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

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Facts on the Montana 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 Montana State Seal:

Montana State Seal Facts
Fact 1: A legislative committee led by Francis M. Thompson, a prominent member of the Montana Historical Society (MHS),  created the first design
Fact 2: Design adopted in 1865, when Montana was a United States Territory
Fact 3: Achieved statehood in 1889 and same territorial design was used for the official seal

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

The overall image on the seal represents the landscape and the early industries that were important to the economy of the state.

The sun rises of the land signifying a bright future. 
The Missouri River, waterfalls, mountains, hills, trees and cliffs all feature in the picture
The tools in the foreground of the seal represent the farming and mining industries and depict a pick, a shovel, and a plow
The Montana seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Montana Design of 1904
This is a flyer depicting the 1904 design of the Montana seal. The elements of the central image are the same as those shown on the current seal design but the positions and proportions have been changed. The pictures are interesting as they reflect the lifestyle of the early inhabitants of the state. The covered wagon pulled by mules are carrying settlers to a new life. They are heading towards Indian lands which are depicted by the tepees. The picture on the other side of the seal depicts miners. Gold, silver, copper lead, zinc manganese and coal mining all played an important part in the history of the state. The discovery of gold in the mountains of Montana in 1862 was closely followed by the discovery of silver in 1865. This led to the Montana gold rush and the region became known as the Treasure State.


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