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New York State Seal
Great Seal of the State of New York
Adopted in 1882.
The Great Seal of New York was adopted in 1882. The State Seal of New York is the coat of arms surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of New York." The original is at the Albany Institute of History and Art. The state flag of New York was adopted in 1901. A modern version of a Revolutionary War flag, today's New York State flag is the coat of arms on a solid blue background. The legislature changed the field of the flag from buff to blue by a law enacted on April 2, 1901.
New York Great Seal
Coat of arms of New York
The coat of arms of the State of New York was formally adopted in 1778, and appears as a component of the State's flag and seal.
A white banner below the shield shows the motto Excelsior, a Latin word meaning “higher”, “superior”, “lordly”, commonly translated as “Ever Upward”
Signifying a reach for ever higher goals.
The state seal of New York is the coat of arms surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of New York." The original is at the Albany Institute of History and Art
New York Seal Law
a. celebrate the tradition of New York by annually designating and
3. The monies realized by the state from the sale of the memorabilia
In days when communications were transcribed by hand and tediously undertaken, seals served to authenticate official government documents. In this day of computers and instant communications, seals still serve the same purpose.