Symbols on the Obverse Side
of the Great Seal of the United States
Text is original 1782 description of the design.
The front or obverse side of the Great Seal of the United States is composed of seven symbolic elements derived from nature and culture that combine to create a dynamic design whose whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The iconic imagery is complemented by the Latin motto
E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One.
Official 1782 Remarks and Explanation of the symbols
*The obverse side of the Great Seal is America's "coat of arms,"
a heraldic term for the official mark and emblem of a sovereign nation's authority.