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The flag consists of three alternate stripes of equal width and at right angles to the staff, the two outer stripes to be blue of the same color as in the blue field of the national flag and the middle stripe to be white, the proportion of the flag being a width of two-thirds of its length. At a distance from the staff end of the flag of one fifth of the total length of the flag there is a circular red C, of the same color as the red in the national flag of the United States. The diameter of the letter is two-thirds of the width of the flag. The inner line of the opening of the letter C is three-fourths of the width of its body or bar, and the outer line of the opening is double the length of the inner line thereof. Completely filling the open space inside the letter C is a golden disk, attached to the flag is a cord of gold and silver, intertwined, with tassels, one of gold and one of silver.
As documented in the State of Colorado archives, the circular Seal of the State of Colorado
is an adaptation of the Territorial Seal which was adopted by the First Territorial Assembly on November 6, 1861.
The only changes made in the Territorial Seal design being the substitution of the words, "State of Colorado"
and the figures "1876" for the corresponding inscriptions on the territorial seal. The first General Assembly
of the State of Colorado approved the adoption of the state seal on March 15, 1877. The Colorado Secretary
of State alone is authorized to affix the Great Seal of Colorado to any document whatsoever.
By statute, the seal of the State is two and one-half inches in diameter with the following devices
inscribed thereon: At the top is the eye of God within a trangle, from which golden rays radiate on two sides.
Below the eye is a scroll, the Roman fasces, a bundle of birch or elm rods with a battle axe bound together
by red thongs and bearing on a band of red, white and blue, the word, "Union and Constitution." The Roman
fasces is the insignia of a republican form of government. The bundle of rods bound together symbolizes strength
which is lacking in the single rod. The axe symbolizes authority and leadership. Below the scroll is the heraldic
shield bearing across the top on a red ground three snow-capped mountains with clouds above them. The lower
half of the shield has two miner's tools, the pick and sledge hammer, crossed on a golden ground. Below the
shield in a semicircle is the motto, "Nil Sine Numine", Latin words meaning "nothing without the Deity", and at
the bottom the figures 1876, the year Colorado came into statehood.
The design for the Territorial Seal which served as a model for the State Seal or Great Seal of
Colorado has been variously credited, but the individual primarily responsible was Lewis Ledyard Weld,
the Territorial Secretary, appointed by President Lincoln in July of 1861. There is also evidence that
Territorial Governor William Gilpin also was at least partially responsible for the design. Both Weld and
Gilpin were knowledgable in the art and symbolism of heraldry. Elements of design from both the Weld
and Gilpin family coat-of-arms are incorporated in the Territorial Seal.
Colorado has been nicknamed the "Centennial State" because it became a state in the year 1876, 100 years after the
signing of our nation's Declaration of Independence. Colorado also is called "Colorful Colorado" presumably because of it's
magnificent scenery of mountains, rivers and plains.