Seal of Montana

The Great Seal of the State of Montana was adopted in 1865, when Montana was a United States Territory. When it became a state in 1889, it was decided to use the same seal. In 1891, proposals were made to make changes or adopt a brand new seal. None of these proposals passed legislation. The outer ring of the seal contains the text "The Great Seal of the State of Montana". The inner circle depicts a landscape of mountains, plains and forests by the Great Falls on the Missouri River. A plow, a pick and a shovel are depicted on the front, representing the state's industry.[1] The banner at the bottom of the seal reads the territorial motto of Oro y Plata, meaning "Gold and Silver" in Spanish.[2]

Great Seal of the State of Montana
Territorial and state historical coat of arms (1876)
ArmigerState of Montana
MottoOro y plata

See also


  1. "Symbols of Montana". Montana Historical Society. Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
  2. "Montana State Motto". NSTATE, LLC. Retrieved 24 September 2010.
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