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The State of Wisconsin, United States of America


Registration number 20060825N


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

Blazon adopted by state legislature:
Arms: Or, quartered, the quarters bearing respectively a plow, a crossed shovel and pick, an arm and held hammer, and an anchor, all proper; the base of shield resting upon a horn of plenty and pyramid of pig lead, all proper; over all, on fesse point, the arms and motto of the United States, namely: Arms, palewise of 13 pieces argent and gules; a chief azure; motto (on garter surrounding inescutcheon), "E pluribus unum".
Crest: A badger, passant, proper.
Supporters: Dexter, a sailor holding a coil of rope, proper; sinister, a yeoman resting on a pick, proper.
Motto: Over crest, "Forward".




Sources

Wisconsin Statutes Chapter 1.07
Design rationale is quoted from FOTW Flags Of The World website at URL http://flagspot.net/flags/.
Image from state government website at URL: http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/colorcoat.html

Historical note

Finalized in 1881. Current blazon legislated in 1975.

Design rationale

On the coat of arms is a sailor with a coil of rope and a "yeoman" (usually considered a miner) with a pick, who jointly represent labor on water and land. These 2 figures support a quartered shield with symbols for agriculture (plow), mining (pick and shovel), manufacturing (arm and hammer), and navigation (anchor). Centered on the shield is a small U.S. coat of arms and the U.S. motto, "E pluribus unum" ("One out of many" referring to the union of U.S. states), to symbolise Wisconsin's loyalty to the Union. At the base, a cornucopia, or horn of plenty, stands for prosperity and abundance, while a pyramid of 13 lead ingots represents mineral wealth and the 13 original U.S. states. Centered over the shield is a badger, the state animal, and the state motto "Forward" appears on a banner above the badger.

Registered by

Michael Swanson

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