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The West Virginia State Seal
The Great Seal of the State of West Virginia serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Mountain State". The West Virginia 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 West Virginia state seal and is expressed in Latin as "Montani semper liberi" which means:

"Mountaineers are always free"

The West Virginia state seal identifies government buildings and officials and is a centerpiece for the West Virginia state flag.

West Virginia State Seal

 
 

Facts on the West Virginia 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 West Virginia State Seal:

West Virginia State Seal Facts
Fact 1: The Great Seal of the State of West Virginia was adopted in 1863
Fact 2: It was designed by Joseph H. Diss Debar of Doddridge County
Fact 3: The image of the boulder is inscribed with "June 20, 1863", the year West Virginia became a state
Fact 4: The reverse of the West Virginia seal is used as the official seal of the Governor

West Virginia reverse Seal

West Virginia Reverse Image

 

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

The image shows a stone boulder that has been inscribed June 20, 1863, the date West Virginia became a state.
Two figures, a farmer and a miner, stand either side of the boulder and represent the industries that were important to the early economy of the state.
The farmer holds is axe and his hand rests on a plow. He is depicted next to images of wheat and corn symbolizing agriculture in West Virginia.
The miner holds a pick and behind him is an anvil and sledge hammer.
In front of the stone boulder are two crossed rifles on top of which lays a liberty cap. The red stocking cap (the pileus, or Phrygian cap) was said to be worn in ancient Rome by slaves who had won their freedom.
The image on the reverse of the seal depicts the landscape, industries and transportation.  Laurel and oak leaves surround the seal. The laurel symbolizes peace, success glory and victory and the oak is a symbol of strength and heroism
The log cabin, hills, fields factories, steam train and boats reflect the lifestyle of the early inhabitants of West Virginia
The West Virginia seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.
 

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