Oro y Plata

Montana State Motto


Mountains in Glacier National Park, Montana

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).



Silver ring; photo by Shapeways on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / no derivative works).

Silver ring

24 caret gold rings;   Photo by Craig Kaplan/Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution/share alike).

Flag of Montana features the state seal and state motto; public domain image on Wikipedia.

Flag of Montana

Seal of Montana contains the state motto. Montana's state flag also features the great seal. Public domain image on Wikipedia.

Seal of Montana