Montana State Motto

Montana Motto

Oro y Plata

The motto for Montana is “Oro y Plata” which translated from Spanish means “gold and silver.”

It was selected by a Montana Territory legislative committee which was asked to present a design for the territory’s official seal. Montana’s motto appears on the current state seal as well as the state flag.

The motto is a nod to the fact that the mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes in gold and silver since deposits were first discovered in the mid-1800s.