Design for the Verso of the Great Seal of the United States

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This image became the basis for the Great Seal of the United States. In 1782 Congress adopted the designed created by Charles Thomson, a government official. The bald eagle, an American bird, holds an olive branch, representing peace, in one talon and a bundle of arrows, representing war, in the other. The Latin motto “E Pluribus Unum” means “Out of Many, One.”

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