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The State of Michigan, United States of America

Registration number 20060825M

This certifies that the heraldic arms of The State of Michigan, United States of America are registered as an original design and are described by the blazon below

Blazon adopted by state legislature: Chief, Azure, motto argent Tuebor; Charge, Azure, sun-rayed rising sinister proper, lake wavey proper, peninsula dexter grassy proper, man dexter on peninsula, rustic, habited, dexter arm-raised, dexter turned, sinister arm with gun stock resting, all proper; Crest, On a wreath azure and or, an American eagle rising to the dexter, tips of wings partly lowered to base, all proper, dexter talon holding an olive branch with 13 fruit, sinister talon holding a sheaf of 3 arrows, all proper. Over his head a sky azure environed with a scroll gules with the motto "E Pluribus Unum" argent; Supporters; Dexter, An elk rampant, proper; Sinister, A moose rampant, proper; Mottoes, On the scroll unending superior narrow argent, in sable, the motto, "Si quaeris peninsulam, amoenam." On the scroll unending inferior, broader argent in sable the motto "circumspice."


Michigan Compiled Laws, Chapter 2, Section 22
The historical note is quoted from FOTW Flags Of The World website at URL Original contributor is Steve Knowlton.
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Historical note

The Michigan state seal was designed by General Lewis Cass, an early territorial governor, and officially adopted at the first constitutional convention in 1836.

The shield bears a picture of a frontiersman clad in buckskin, standing on a peninsula jutting into a lake, with a rising/setting sun on the horizon. The frontiersman holds his right hand open in a gesture of friendship, but holds a rifle in his life hand, signifying his determination to protect himself.

There are three Latin phrases in the seal. On the shield is "Tuebor", which translates as "I will defend," a statement recognizing the role of Michigan's citizens in fighting the British forces during the War of 1812. (In fact, several battles of that war were fought within the borders of Michigan.) On the scroll below the shield is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice," which translates as "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you." This is a reference both to Michigan's geographic position between the Great Lakes, and to its natural beauty. Above the seal is "E pluribus unum," which translates as "From many, one." This is the motto of the United States, and the position at the top of the seal, along with the national bird (a bald eagle), symbolizes the sovereignty of the Federal government over the state government.

The supporters are, on the left an American elk, or wapiti, and on the right a moose. Both were native to Michigan when the seal was designed.

Registered by

Michael Swanson


State, US, M

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