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On a blue field the Georgia flag showcases the state seal, a ribbon expresses Georgia's flag history and the words
"In God We Trust". Thirteen stars surrounding the seal denotes Georgia's position as one of the original thirteen colonies.
On the seal three pillars supporting an arch represent the three branches of government; legislative, judicial and executive.
A man with sword drawn is defending the Constitution, whose principles are wisdom, justice and moderation.
The date 1776 represents the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A ribbon displays the thirteen star U.S. flag
(1777-1795), Georgia's first flag (1879), Georgia's 1920-1956 flag, Georgia's 1956 flag and the 50 star U.S. flag. Adopted January 30, 2002
The Great Seal of the state of Georgia features a symbolic image of the Constitution as an arch that is supported by three pillars.
The pillars represent the three branches of government; the legislature, the judicial, and the executive. Banners worded Wisdom, Justice,
and Moderation, (Georgia's official motto) hang from the pillars. The principles of the Constitution are symbolically protected by a man
standing ready with a drawn sword. Circling the images are the words "State of Georgia 1776". In 1914, the legislature decided that 1776,
representing the Declaration of Independence, was more appropriate than the 1799 date that formerly displayed on the seal.
The seal's other side reads "Agriculture and Commerce 1776", and the image is of the seashore with a ship at anchor near a wharf
receiving hogsheads of tobacco and bales of cotton; Georgia exports. A small boat can be seen in the distance reporesenting internal traffic.
A man is shown plowing in a field and a flock of sheep is shown in the shade of a tree representing the agricultural aspects of the state.
Georgia is known as the "Peach State" because of the growers' reputation for producing the highest quality fruit. The peach became the
official state fruit in 1995.
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