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The Great Seal of West Virginia: what its symbols mean


The Great Seal of West Virginia may be as fascinating to some West Virginians as the U.S. dollar bill is for other Americans. It's full of symbolism, the origins of which continue to be examined. Some of its symbols are mysterious, while others are likely more obvious.

What is a state seal? A seal is a device designed to authenticate a document, usually a legal document. In this case, it's an official state document. A seal-making device, or die, creates an impression in wax or some other medium, including an embossment on paper.

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