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Coat of Arms
United States of America





 US Coat of Arms (Unauthorized Commercial use is Illegal)

NOTE: Even though this is another of our original drawings (feel free to use it), it is still an Emblazon of the US Coat of Arms and as such there may be a penalty for commercial use. Click here for details: US State Dept.
As authorized by an act of the US Congress:
BLAZONING OF THE US COAT OF ARMS
ARMS (Shield):
Paleways of thirteen pieces, argent and gules; a chief, azure; the escutcheon on the breast of the American eagle displayed proper, holding in his dexter talon an olive branch, and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows, all proper, and in his beak a scroll, inscribed with this motto, E Pluribus Unum.
CREST:
Over the head of the eagle, which appears above the escutcheon, a glory, or, breaking through a cloud, proper, and surrounding thirteen stars, forming a constellation argent, on an azure field."
MOTTO:
E Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one)
REFERENCE SOURCE:
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ARMS (Shield) INTERPRETATION:

Paleways of thirteen pieces, argent and gules; (Means the Shield is divided vertically (Paleways) into 13 Stripes, alternating between White (Argent) and Red (Gules) beginning with white)
a chief, azure; (Means the upper third of the Shield (Chief) will be Blue (Azure = Blue))
the escutcheon on the breast of the American eagle displayed proper, (Means the Shield will be placed on the breast of an American Eagle with Wings "outstretched" and colored, using all the colors & not just the "Heraldic" colors, as an American Eagle (Bald, not Golden) would be colored)
holding in his dexter talon an olive branch, (Means an Olive Branch is held in the Talons of the Eagles' right claw )
and in his sinister a bundle of thirteen arrows, all proper, (Means a bundle of 13 Arrows, colored as they would naturally appear, is held in the Talons of the Eagles' left claw)
and in his beak a scroll, inscribed with this motto, E Pluribus Unum. (Means a Scroll is held in the Eagles' Beak and is inscribed with the Motto: 'E PLURIBUS UNUM')

CREST INTERPRETATION:

Over the head of the eagle, which appears above the escutcheon, (Means above the Eagles head, which is above the Shield (Escutcheon))
a glory, or, (Means a phenomenon similar to an "Heiligenschein", except that it is colored - the Glory is a "circular rainbow" seen opposite the sun (usually from a mountain top or airplane) with "Golden" (or) rays.)
breaking through a cloud, proper, and surrounding thirteen stars, (Means the Golden Rays of the Sun (Glory) shining through a cloud -- colored as it would normally appear, and surrounding thirteen stars)
forming a constellation argent, on an azure field. (Means the Stars are White (Argent) and are upon a Blue (Azure) field)

SYMBOLISM:

The thirteen alternating pales represents the original states, The colors signify purity and innocence (white), hardiness and valor (red), and vigilance, perseverance and justice (blue). The olive branch and arrows represent the powers of war and peace. The constellation represents a new state taking its place among other sovereign powers. The eagle as sole supporter signifies that the United States "ought to rely on their own virtue."
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