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maine State Symbols

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

The maine State Seal

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Maine became a state on March 15, 1820 and the Legislature adopted the language governing the Seal's design on June 9.

The actual appearance of the Seal has varied over the years. All of the variations have been based on the official description. The first sketch of the Seal was markedly different from the above; the "moose" looked like a deer, the shield was more conventional, and the scythe was held with the blade on the ground.

Later variations included the scythe being held behind the husbandman's head, and in one case, the inexplicable substitution of a sextant for the mariner's anchor. There is little statutory guidance for coloring the Seal other than the description of the blue-background State Flag in Title 1 Section 206. The present design was fixed by the Legislature in 1919.

The 50 State Seals

The maine State Flag

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The state coat of arms is placed on a blue field. In the center of the shield, a moose rests under a tall pine tree. A farmer and seaman represent the work that people did in early times. The North Star represents the state motto "Dirigo". “I Direct”

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

No symbols for maine.

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