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1889 Iowa State Motto - Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain
F-779
8 x 8 pica ( 1 x 1 inch )
The Great Seal of Iowa and, with it, the state motto, Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain was adopted by the First General Assembly on February 25, 1847. Like many state mottoes, the Iowa motto was adopted as an element of its state seal. Iowa officially entered the Union on December 28, 1846.

During the new state's First General Assembly, in 1847, legislation was passed to designate an official state seal to authenticate official state papers. The motto, Our Liberties We Prize and Our Rights We Will Maintain, was determined by a three-member committee of the Iowa Senate. They suggested the motto and its placement on the official state seal.
Foundry identification stamp on one side: A Zeese & Co., Chicago. Years of operation: 1889 - 1899

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