Some years after the nation of the U.S. declared its official independence, many things began to change, and a new historical chapter started to commence in the United States.

On June 20, 1782 the nation’s state seal was initially created, and officially adopted by the Continental Congress of America. The Great Seal of the United States was used (and still is used) as the symbol of sovereignty as a nation.

Shortly after this, states began to adopt their own official state seals, mottos, nicknames, and much more, which are all used to symbolize and represent the uniqueness of each state that resides within the nation.

Georgia state seal

So, what is the state seal meaning? The Great Seal of Georgia was officially adopted by the State Constitution of 1798, which was 10 years after Georgia became an independent state. On the face of the seal, you can see three pillars supporting an arch, which represents the three branches of government, legislative, judicial and executive.

The Great State Seal of Georgia

Another observation of the state seal is the state’s coat of arms, which are present in the Georgia state flag too. In addition to this, the man who is standing with a drawn sword is there to symbolize defense of the Constitution and its principles of “Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation”, which is the official state motto of Georgia!

People are often confused when they see the 1776 year on the state’s official seal as that year does not seem to have much significance with Georgia. However, it was the year the United States declared their independence, so it acts as another fitting addition.

The reverse side of the state seal displays a different story, representing a scene of agriculture and commerce – a ship with cotton and tobacco, with a man plowing. This is a brilliant representation of Georgia’s economic past.

Georgia state flag

You can also find the state seal for Georgia being displayed on the official state of Georgia flag (it is common to see state seals displayed on a state flag). Most states will have their seals showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history, and the Peach State is certainly no different.