Maryland State Seal - Great Seal of Maryland

[Reverse of the Great Seal of Maryland] The Great Seal of Maryland is used by the Governor and the Secretary of State to authenticate Acts of the General Assembly and for other official purposes. The Secretary of State is the official custodian of the Great Seal, and provides guidance on its use.

[color photograph of reverse of State Seal, State House entrance door, Annapolis, Maryland] The first Great Seal of Maryland was sent from England shortly after settlement of the colony. Except for the period of crown rule (1692-1715) when different seals were used, the first Great Seal remained in use (though slightly altered) until the American Revolution. The State of Maryland then adopted a new seal similar in form and spirit to those of other states. One hundred years later, Maryland readopted its old seal (Joint Resolution no. 5, Acts of 1876).

Only the reverse of the Great Seal has ever been cut. The obverse, however, is still considered part of the Seal and often adorns public buildings.

Reverse of State Seal, State House entrance door, Annapolis, Maryland, January 2001. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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