The state seal of West Virginia was adopted in September 1863. The seal features a boulder with the inscription June 20, 1863 signifying the date it became a state. The West Virginia seal was officially adopted with two sides but only the front side is used.
The two crossed rifles along with a liberty cap signify the struggle for liberty. The farmer with his tools represents agriculture while the miner with his pickaxe, sledge hammer and anvil represents industry.
The state’s motto “Mountaineers are always free” is featured on the obverse seal. The reverse is also known as the lesser seal and is the official seal of the State’s Governor. It bears symbols of industry and agriculture.