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Flag of New York

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Flag of New York

The coat of arms of New York is the coat of arms used by the State of New York. The flag of the State of New York is the coat of arms on a solid-blue background. The state seal of New York is the coat of arms surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of New York."

The coat of arms was officially adopted in 1778. It depicts two supporters:

Left: Liberty, with the Revolutionary imagery of a Phrygian cap raised on a pole. Her left foot treads upon a crown that represents freedom from the British monarchy that once ruled what is now New York as a colony.

Right: blindfolded Justice, with scales and sword.The unheraldic nature of the Hudson River landscape reveals the modern origin of the coat-of-arms. The crest is an eagle surmounting a world globe. The two ships represent inland and foreign commerce, both of which are important for the state of New York.

The motto Excelsior is a Latin word meaning “higher”, “superior”, “lordly”, and is commonly translated as “Ever Upward.”A banner below shows the New York State motto (Excelsior, Latin for Ever Upward).The center shield displays a masted ship and a sloop on the Hudson River river (symbols of inland and foreign commerce), bordered by a grassy shore and a mountain range in the background with the sun rising behind it.

Liberty and Justice support the shield and an American eagle spreads its wings above on a world globe. Liberty's left foot treads on a crown (a symbol of freedom from the Kingdom of Great Britain). Justice is blindfolded and holds a sword in one hand and a scale in the other, symbolizing impartiality and fairness.

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Closed shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has no crossing lines.

Category: Flags.

Flag of New York is part of the U.S. State Flags group.

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