Massachusetts State Seal

State Seal of Massachusetts

Massachusetts State Seal

Officially known as ”The Great Seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”, it is simply Massachusetts’ “Coat of Arms” encircled by the title of the seal. It was Edmund Garrett, a local artist, who designed the present-day seal.

The seal was adopted in 1900 and was first revised in 1667, later in 1775, 1780, and finally in 1890. It features symbols of nativity represented by a native American holding a bow and arrow; the arrow is pointed downwards and represents peace. The State’s motto is written in Latin and means ”By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty.”