Official Maryland state symbols [Pictures]
Check out these pictures of Maryland's official symbols, everything from the state seal to the state fossil. See how many you, as a Marylander, accord the proper reverence.
Information provided by msa.md.gov
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Maryland State Seal
The Great Seal is used to authenticate acts of the General Assembly and in other official purposes. The Secretary of State is its designated custodian. The biblical Latin phrase encircling it, "Scuto bonæ voluntatis tuæ coronasti nos," translates to "With favor wilt thou compass us as with a shield." The seal also includes the family crest of the Calverts, who founded Maryland; the year the state's charter was granted by Charles I of England (1632) and the state motto: "Fatti maschi, parole femmine," an Italian phrase that translates to "Manly deeds, womanly words." In recent years, the motto has been re-translated to the somewhat less stereotypical "Strong deeds, gentle words."