Maine State Seal

Maine State Seal

The Great Seal of the State of Maine, adopted in June 1820, is a historically significant emblem designed with deep symbolism. It is attributed to Benjamin Vaughan of Hallowell, Maine, with the original sketch credited to Bertha Smouse, the step-daughter of Col. Isaac Reed of Waldoboro, Maine, who purportedly wrote its official description and explanation. The center of the seal features a shield adorned with a serene scene of a moose resting in a field surrounded by water and woods, with a towering pine tree behind it. On either side of the shield, a farmer rests on his scythe, and a sailor leans on an anchor. Above the shield is the motto "Dirigo" (I direct) and a stylized North Star, and below the shield is a banner that reads "Maine." The seal reflects the state's heritage and resources. The motto "Dirigo" signifies guidance and direction, emphasizing Maine's significance as a "mariner's guide" and a point to which all affections turn. While the original sketch's authorship remains disputed, the design remains consistent with the 1820 version, signifying Maine's commitment to its rich history and natural beauty.

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