The History of the Great Seal
The Great Seal was approved and adopted by Congress on June 20th, 1782
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Symbolism of the Seal
E Pluribus Unum
Translating E PLURIBUS UNUM
The general meaning of each Latin word is clear:
Pluribus is related to the English word: "plural."
Unum is related to the English word: "unit."
E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one.* An accurate translation of the motto is "Out of many, one" %u2013 a phrase that elegantly captures the symbolism on the shield.