Seal of Maine

Maine State Seal

Official State Seal of Maine

The official state seal of Maine was adopted in 1820. The coat of arms featured on the seal also appears on Maine's state flag. All State Seals.

The farmer is a symbol of pride in Maine's agricultural roots. The sailor represents Maine's strong ties to the sea. They stand on a banner with the name "MAINE" (in capital letters).

Symbols of the natural richness of the state are pictured on the center shield - a pine tree (white pine is the official state tree, and Maine's nickname is "The Pine Tree State"), a moose (Maine's state animal), the sea and sky.

The North star shines above Maine's state motto: "DIRIGO" ("I Lead," or "I Direct"). The North star (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). 



State Flag of Maine; features Maine's coat of arms.  Photo by Fry1989/Wikipedia (public domain image).

Maine state flag

Maine coat of arms in stained glass at the Maine State Museum; photo by Marc Tomik on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Maine coat of arms in stained glass