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New York State Symbols

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

The New York State Seal

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The 50 State Seals

The New York State Flag

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Emblazoned on a dark blue field is the state coat of arms.

The goddess Liberty holds a pole with a Liberty Cap on top. Liberty stands for freedom. At her feet is a discarded crown, representing freedom from England at the end of the revolutionary war.

On the right is the goddess, Justice. She wears a blindfold and carries the scales of justice. Meaning that everyone receives equal treatment under the law.

The state motto "Excelsior" on a white ribbon expresses the idea of reaching upward to higher goals.

On the shield, a sun rises over the Hudson highlands and ships sail the Hudson River. Above the shield is an eagle resting on a globe representing the Western Hemisphere.

The 50 State Flags

Other State Symbols

  • Butterfly: Red-spotted Purple/White Admiral
  • Bird: Eastern Bluebird
  • Bush: Lilac Bush
  • Flower: Rose
  • Fossil: Sea Scorpion
  • Freshwater Fish: Brook Trout
  • Fruit: Apple
  • Gemstone: Garnet
  • Insect: Spotted Ladybug
  • Mammal: Beaver
  • Motto: Excelsior (Ever Upward)
  • Nickname: The Empire State
  • Reptile: Snapping Turtle
  • Salt water Fish: Striped Bass
  • Shell: Bay Scallop
  • Slogan: I Love New York
  • Tree: Sugar Maple

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