The seal illustrates Ohio's diverse geography. In the background stands Mount Logan in Ross County. Separating Mount Logan from the rest of the seal is the Scioto River.
In the foreground is a freshly harvested wheat field. In the field stands a sheaf of wheat, illustrating the importance of agriculture in Ohio.
Nearby stand seventeen arrows that resemble the sheaf of wheat. The seventeen arrows represent Ohio's Native Americans as well as the fact that Ohio was the seventeenth state to join the United States of America.
At the top of the seal is the sun, with thirteen rays protruding outwards. The thirteen rays represent the thirteen colonies that became the original thirteen states of the United States.
Ohio's state flag was adopted in 1902.
John Eisemann designed the Ohio burgee, as the swallowtail design is properly called. The large blue triangle represents Ohio's hills and valleys, and the stripes represent roads and waterways.
The 13 stars grouped about the circle represent the original states of the union the 4 stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union.
The white circle with its red center not only represents the "O" in Ohio, but also suggests Ohio's famous nickname, "The Buckeye State."