Seal of Arkansas Information

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The Great Seal of the State of Arkansas
Seal of Arkansas.svg
Arkansas state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Historical coat of arms (illustrated, 1876)
ArmigerState of Arkansas
Adopted1864 (modified 1907)
MottoRegnat Populus

The Arkansas State Seal was adopted in 1864 and modified to its present form on May 23, 1907. The outer ring of the seal contains the text "Great Seal of the State of Arkansas". The inner seal contains the Angel of Mercy, the Sword of Justice and the Goddess of Liberty surrounded by a bald eagle. The eagle holds in its beak a scroll inscribed with the Latin phrase "Regnat Populus", the state motto, which means "The People Rule". (The scroll read "Regnant Populi" prior to 1907.) On the shield of the seal are a steamboat, a plow, a beehive and a sheaf of wheat, symbols of Arkansas's industrial and agricultural wealth.

Original seal

Seal in 1853

1864 seal

Seal of Arkansas from 1864 to 1907.

The Arkansas General Assembly redefined the seal explicitly in 1864. The Arkansas Code details the elements used in the state seal ever since:

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, engraved 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 top, 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." [1]

1907 seal

The modern seal was created in 1907, following a reorganization of the elements described in 1864.

Seals of the government of Arkansas

There are several seals of the government of Arkansas, which use a variety of designs, including the state seal, and other distinct elements.

Constitutional offices

Agencies and departments

County seals

Few counties in Arkansas have county seals. The Ashley County, Faulkner County, Pulaski County and Randolph County seals essentially mirror the Seal of Arkansas, with the county name in the outer seal.

See also


  1. ^ Arkansas Code 1-4-108

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