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North Carolina State Seal:

North Carolina's great seal - click to see all state seals
North Carolina's great seal. See All State Seals - National Seal.

The state seal of North Carolina has had many changes since its origin in 1663. During colonial times North Carolina used four different seals successively. Since the war for independence six different seals have been used (the state library has extensive details on these early versions).

North Carolina General statutes revision of 1971 describes the current seal design:

... design shall be a representation of the figures of Liberty and Plenty, looking toward each other, but not more than half-fronting each other and other-wise disposed as follows:

Liberty, the first figure, standing, her pole with cap on it in her left hand and a scroll with the word "Constitution" inscribed thereon in her right hand.

Plenty, the second figure, sitting down, her right arm half extended toward Liberty, three heads of grain in her right hand, and in her left, the small end of her horn, the mouth of which is resting at her feet, and the contents of the horn rolling out.

The background on the seal shall contain a depiction of mountains running from left to right to the middle of the seal.

A side view of a three-masted ship shall be located on the ocean and to the right of Plenty.

The date "May 20, 1775" shall appear within the seal and across the top of the seal and the works "esse quam videri" shall appear at the bottom around the perimeter.

No other words, figures or other embellishments shall appear on the seal.

Legislation added the date "April 12, 1776 in 1983 (date of the Halifax Resolves - also on the state flag of North Carolina) to serve as a constant reminder of thestate's commitment to liberty.

The Halifax Resolves: " ... a document that places the Old North State in the very front rank, both in point of time and in spirit, among those that demanded unconditional freedom and absolute independence from any foreign power. This document stands out as one of the great landmarks in the annals of North Carolina history" - quote from North Carolina State Library: The State Flag.

Source:
Great Seal of the State of North Carolina: NC State Library
Links:
All State Seals - National Seal

    

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