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Arizona State Symbols

Each state in the United States of America is unique. The people and legislature of Arizona have selected the following state symbols to represent their state's individual environment and culture.

The Arizona State Seal

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The official seal of the State of Arizona is in black and white.

In the background is a mountain range with the sun rising behind the peaks. At the right side of the range of mountains is a storage reservoir (a lake) and a dam. In the middle are irrigated fields and orchards. In the lower right side of the seal is grazing cattle. To the left, on a mountainside, is a quartz mill with a miner with a pick and shovel. Above the drawing is the motto "Ditat Deus," meaning "God Enriches."

The words "Great Seal of the State of Arizona" and the year of admission to the United States, 1912, is written around the seal.

The 50 State Seals

The Arizona State Flag

[Image of The Arizona State Flag]

The 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag represent both the 13 original colonies of the Union, and the rays of the Western setting sun. Red and gold were also the colors carried by Coronado's Spanish expedition in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540.

The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag.

Since Arizona was the largest producer of copper in the nation, a copper star was placed in the flag's center.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Amphibian: Arizona Tree Frog
  • Bird: Cactus Wren
  • Butterfly: Two-tailed Swallowtail
  • Colors: Federal Blue and Old Gold
  • Fish: Apache Trout
  • Flower: Saguaro Blossom
  • Fossil: Araucarioxylon Arizonicum
  • Gemstone: Turquoise
  • Mammal: Ring-tailed Cat
  • Mineral: Fire Agate
  • Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)
  • Neckwear: Bolo tie
  • Reptile: Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
  • Soil: Casa Grande
  • Tree: Blue Palo Verde
  • Nickname: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State, Apache State
  • Songs: Arizona March Song, Arizona

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