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The Great Seal of the State of Colorado serves as a symbol of authenticity which verifies that government documents and papers of state are official and legal in the "Centennial State". The Colorado 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 Colorado state seal and is expressed in Latin as "Nil sine numine" which means:

"Nothing without Providence"

The Colorado state seal identifies government buildings and officials. The symbolism, history and emblems of the Colorado Great seal are described in this article with fast facts and information.

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Facts on the Colorado 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 Colorado State Seal:

Colorado State Seal Facts
Fact 1: Adaptation of the Territorial emblem and first adopted on November 6, 1861
Fact 2: Officially approved on March 15, 1877
Fact 3: Designer was Lewis Ledyard Weld, the Territorial Secretary
Fact 4: Territorial Governor William Gilpin was also involved in the original design

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The Eye of Providence on the Colorado State Seal
The Eye of Providence is displayed at the top of the Colorado state seal. A pyramid contains the image which is a variation of the Ancient Egyptian Eye of Horus, aka the Wadjet. It is also referred to as the all-seeing eye of God, the mystical eye or the Eye of Providence. A similar image is depicted in the Great Seal of the United States and most commonly seen on the dollar bill. The Eye of Providence is a Christian version of the ancient symbol showing an eye surrounded by rays of light or a glory and enclosed by a triangle. It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (or divine providence).

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The Roman Fasces
The object below the eye on the Colorado state seal is a Roman fasces. A Fasces is a bound bundle of wooden rods with an axe blade projecting from the bundle. The fasces symbolized authority and power. The rods, bound together, symbolize strength in unity. The men who designed the seal saw themselves as modern-day successors to the old republic of Rome and its ideals. The words 'Union' and 'Consitution' bind the fasces together.

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

This complex design of The Colorado state seal is filled with allusions to the classics together with highly symbolic emblems
The top half of the heraldic shield depicts a red sky behind three snow-capped mountains with three clouds above them
The lower half of the heraldic shield depicts tools used by miners, the pick and the sledgehammer reflecting the rich mining heritage of the state, beginning with the discovery of gold in 1859
The other minerals are produced in significant amounts in Colorado included coal, gypsum, limestone and silver making a significant contribution to the state’s economy
Below the shield in a semicircle is the Latin motto, "Nil Sine Numine and at the bottom the figures 1876, the year Colorado achieved statehood.
The Colorado State seal is kept and used as required by the Constitution and laws of the state.

Colorado Flyer
This flyer shows the 1876 design of the seal showing the Eye of Providence and important symbols of the state. The depictions of the miners and prospectors are interesting as is the picture of the workers log cabin in the distance.

Colorado Flyer 1876
Design of 1876

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