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Seal of Florida

Florida State Seal

Official State Seal of Florida

The Florida state seal was adopted by the 1865 legislature, which mandated that the seal be the size of the American silver dollar and display a scene in the center "of the sun's rays over a high land in the distance, a cocoa tree, a steamboat on water, and an Indian female scattering flowers in the foreground, (all) encircled by the words, Great Seal of the State of Florida: In God We Trust" (Florida's state motto).

In 1970 Florida's official seal was updated. The cocoa tree was replaced by the sabal palmetto palm (the state tree of Florida), the headdress was removed from the Native American woman (headdresses were only worn by males), and the woman was depicted as a Florida Seminole (originally she was garbed as a Native American of the western plains). The state seal is also displayed on Florida's state flag. All State Seals