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English: The Great Seal of Ohio.
Date Designed 1803; modified in 1967 and 1996. The 1996 modification reduced the number of rays from 17 to 13 and added a dot from the central end of each ray (not shown here).
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The design

The Great Seal consists of a simple ring of text around the state coat of arms. The online copy of ORC §5.04 is missing an illustration of the coat of arms that the statute says reproductions must "correspond substantially with". The official text published in Laws of Ohio includes the illustration. A scan of the illustration is struck out in the online record of 125 HB 99, which was an unsuccessful attempt to modify the coat of arms.

The fundamental elements of the design date to March 25, 1803, [1] and were reintroduced on May 9, 1868. The seal in its present form was adopted in 1967. On November 20, 1996, the number of rays was reduced from 17 to 13, but no other significant changes took place. Nevertheless, since 1868, these elements have taken various forms on the physical engraving used by the Governor. Artistic reproductions of the seal have varied significantly as well. From the struck-out illustration in 125 HB 99 and this Blade article, we can see that the specific form shown in this vector image dates to 1967 or earlier, save for the four deleted rays.
Author State of Ohio
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This image is substantially similar to the reference image first published with 107 HB 164, which came into effect on December 15, 1967. As required by law, it was first published in the legislative journals of the Ohio House of Representatives and Ohio Senate during that year. These journals do not appear to contain copyright notices, [2] and no relevant entries are listed in the Catalog of Copyright Entries for that year.

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  1. "An act designating the duties of the secretary of state" in () [] Acts of the State of Ohio: first session of the General Assembly, held under the Constitution of the State, Norwalk: The Lansing Company, pp. 17–18
  2. For example, searches for "copyright", "©", "copr.", and "rights reserved" return no results from the 1967 Senate Journal.

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current 04:10, 26 June 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 04:10, 26 June 2011608 × 608 (285 KB)AnonMooseliminate strange quasi-watermark(?) - last two paths in file.
03:38, 26 June 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 03:38, 26 June 2011608 × 608 (286 KB)Fry1989nope, also idk why it uploaded twice
03:37, 26 June 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 03:37, 26 June 2011608 × 608 (315 KB)Fry1989there was a weird element in th emiddle, lets see if I can get rid of it without blowing up the file
03:37, 26 June 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 03:37, 26 June 2011608 × 608 (315 KB)Fry1989there was a weird element in th emiddle, lets see if I can get rid of it without blowing up the file
01:57, 26 June 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 01:57, 26 June 2011608 × 608 (286 KB)AnonMoosstrictly black-and-white...
02:40, 3 May 2011 Thumbnail for version as of 02:40, 3 May 2011607 × 607 (373 KB)Fry1989black proper
02:24, 18 October 2010 Thumbnail for version as of 02:24, 18 October 2010607 × 607 (285 KB)Svgalbertian{{Information |Description={{en|1= Great Seal of Ohio}} |Source={{Brands of the World SVG|199748|eps}} |Author=William Creighton, Jr. |Date=Designed 1803 modified in 1967 and 1996. |Permission=Unoffical use prohibited by [http://

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