Maine's Official Coat of Arms
Symbols on Maine's Coat of Arms
The North star (Polaris) shines above Maine's motto: "Dirigo" ("I Lead," or "I Direct"). Polaris is not merely a symbol of guidance - travelers have depended on it for many centuries to find their way (it always marks due north
The center shield features symbols representing the natural richness of Maine; a pine tree (white pine is the official state tree, and Maine's nickname is "The Pine Tree State"), a moose (the official state animal), the sea and the sky.
The farmer (resting on a scythe) is a symbol of pride in Maine's agricultural roots. The sailor (resting on an anchor) represents Maine's strong ties to the sea. A banner below displays the state name; "MAINE" (in capital letters).