Seal of Arkansas

Arkansas State Seal

Seal of Arkansas

The great seal of Arkansas is based on the territorial seal designed by Samuel Calhoun Roane. The seal design was altered in 1836 when Arkansas became a state. Arkansas state Code requires the following elements on any rendering of the state seal:

"An eagle at the bottom, holding a scroll in its beak inscribed REgnat Populus, with a bundle of arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other; a shield covering the breast of the eagle, engroved with a steamboat at the top, a beehive and plow in the middle, and a sheaf of wheat at the bottom; the Goddess of Liberty at the tip, holding a wreath in her right hand, a pole in the left hand, surmounted by a liberty cap, and surrounded by a circle of stars outside of which is a circle of rays; the figure of an angel on the left, inscribed "Mercy;" and a sword on the right hand, inscribed "Justice" and surrounded with the words "Seal of the State of Arkansas."



Arkansas state seal at Capitol Building in Little Rock; photo by Adam Bartlett (adam*b) on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Arkansas state seal at Capitol Building in Little Rock

Territorial Seal of 1832.

Territorial Seal of 1832

Territorial Seal of 1835.

Territorial Seal of 1835