The official statutes of the state of Arkansas describe the state seal as follows:
It shall be the duty of the Governor to procure a seal for the State of Arkansas, which shall present the following impressions, devices, and emblems, to wit. An eagle at the bottom, holding a scroll in its beak, inscribed "Regnat Populus".
A bundle of arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other. A shield covering the breast of the eagle, engraved with a steamboat at top. A beehive and plow in the middle, and sheaf of wheat at the bottom.
The Goddess of Liberty at the top, holding a wreath in her right hand, a pole in the left hand, surmounted by a liberty cap and surrounded by a circle of stars outside of which is a circle of rays.
The figure of an angel on the left, inscribed "Mercy", and a sword on the right hand, inscribed "Justice", surrounded with the words "Seal of the State of Arkansas".
A diamond on a red field represents the only place in North America where diamonds have been discovered and mined.
The twenty-five white stars around the diamond mean that Arkansas was the twenty-fifth state to join the Union. The top of four stars in the center represents that Arkansas was a member of the Confederate States during the Civil War. The other three stars represent Spain, France and the United States, countries that had earlier ruled the land that includes Arkansas.