Coat of Arms

Michigan State Coat of Arms


Michigan Coat of Arms

Michigan's Coat of Arms; location; Dearborn, Michigan.  Photo by Mike Fritcher/Flickr (Noncommercial Use Permitted with Attribution/No Derivative Works).

Official Michigan Coat of Arms

Michigan's official coat of arms appears on the state seal and the state flag  and contains the state motto. All Coats of Arms

From "Michigan’s Coat of Arms was inspired by the 17th Century coat of arms of the Hudson’s Bay Company, one of the earliest and largest fur-trading  companies in North America."

The moose and elk are both natives of the state, the bald eagle is a symbol for the United States, and there are three Latin phrases:

"Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice" is Michigan's state motto (meaning "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you").

"E Pluribus Unum" means "From Many, One" or "One From Many" (our nation is comprised of many states).

"Tuebor" means "I Will Defend" and refers to the frontier position of Michigan.