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Sexy Damsels of the Great Seal

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North Carolina's seal has undergone changes up to a dozen times since its inception in the early 18th-century. The Lords Proprietors provided the first seal, depicting two Indians, one supporting two crossed cornucopias and the other holding an arrow. The Liberty figure first appeared on the seal in 1730, and the Plenty figure appeared in 1778. Between 1834 and 1882, the seal underwent many changes, and, in 1882, was criticized for Liberty and Plenty being too provocatively dressed. Because no official description of the seal existed, worn seals were replaced with inaccurate copies, resulting in this “too sexy” seal. In 1883, the first official description of the state seal was adopted, and both “May 20, 1775” and “Esse Quam Videri” were added in 1893.
The State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 50 Issue 9, Feb 1983, p10-11, il