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Oro y Plata

Montana State Motto

Mountains in Glacier National Park, Montana; photo by Dhinal Chheda on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Official State Motto of Montana

The motto "Oro y Plata" (Spanish for "gold and silver") was selected by a Montana Territory legislative committee tasked with presenting a design for the territory's official seal. Montana's motto appears on the current state seal and the state flag. All State Mottos

The mountains of Montana have yielded fortunes in gold and silver since the first substantial deposits were discovered in the mid 1800's, as well as gemstones such as sapphires and Montana agate (the rich mineral deposits of Montana resulted in its nickname: The Treasure State).