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


The Utah state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the Utah 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 Utah 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 Utah Seal:

Utah State Seal Facts
Fact 1: Images based on the territorial seal (see below)
Fact 2: The design was officially adopted on April 3, 1896 and updated in 2011
Fact 3: The date 1847 is the year the Mormons came to Utah
Fact 4: 1896 is the year Utah became the 45th state

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

The top center  depicts the American eagle with outstretched wings which is a symbol of protection
The central shield bears the National flag on either side
The shield depicts six arrows across the shield symbolising readiness in war and peace
The word 'Industry', the state motto, is placed over the image of a beehive
The beehive takes a position of prominence on the Great Seal. The beehive is a commonly used symbol of industry and cooperation dating back to Roman times. The beehive is also a symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, who are well established in Utah.
Sego lilies, the state flower of Utah, are depicted on both sides of the beehive
The date 1847 represents the year the pioneers arrived in Utah, and the date 1896 is the year that Utah became a state.
The Utah seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

The Territory Seal of 1850
This is the territorial seal when the Territory of Utah was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from September 9, 1850. The territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Utah on January 4, 1896. The images surrounding the seal depict a covered wagon pulled by an ox and early settlers heading towards a new life and home. The other image depicts Mormons flocking to the Manti Utah temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, built in the 1800's under Brigham Young.


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