Seal of Montana

Great Seal of the State of Montana
Great Seal of Montana.svg
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Montana territory coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Territorial and state historical coat of arms (1876)
ArmigerState of Montana
Adopted1865
MottoOro y plata

The Great Seal of the State of Montana was adopted in 1865, when Montana was a United States Territory. When it became a state in 1889, it was decided to use the same seal. In 1891, proposals were made to make changes or adopt a brand new seal. None of these proposals passed legislation. The outer ring of the seal contains the text "The Great Seal of the State of Montana". The inner circle depicts a landscape of mountains, plains and forests by the Great Falls on the Missouri River. A plow, a pick and a shovel are depicted on the front, representing the state's industry.[1] The banner at the bottom of the seal reads the territorial motto of Oro y Plata, meaning "Gold and Silver" in Spanish.[2]

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