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PENNSYLVANIA

Arms (crest) of Pennsylvania

Origin/meaning

The arms were adopted in 1875 based on a drawing from 1778.

The original arms of Pennsylvania were without the supporters, motto and eagle, and were used on State money issued in 1777. In 1778 the present arms were devised, based on the seal.

The three symbols -- the plough, the ship and the sheaves of wheat -- ... were first founded in the individual seals of several colonial Pennsylvania counties, which mounted their own identifying crests above the existing [William] Penn coat of arms. Chester County's crest was a plough; Philadelphia County's crest was a ship under full sail; Sussex County, Delaware (then a part of Pennsylvania) used a sheaf of wheat as its crest.

The seal from 1780:

Arms (crest) of Pennsylvania
Arms of Pennsylvania

The arms in a 1902 booklet


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Literature : Official Pennsylvania symbols. Leaflet issued by the State of Pennsylvania.; The Pennsylvania Manual; seal from http://www.heraldryclipart.com