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ⓘ E pluribus unum is a traditional motto of the United States. It means out of many, one in Latin. It has been placed on the U.S. dollar bill, and other related i ..




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ⓘ E pluribus unum

E pluribus unum is a traditional motto of the United States. It means "out of many, one" in Latin. It has been placed on the U.S. dollar bill, and other related items.

The motto was suggested by the first Great Seal committee in 1776. Consultant and artist Pierre Du Simitiere chose the Latin motto, and his design expresses this theme.

This motto was well known to literate Americans of the 18th century. It had appeared in the Gentlemans Magazine, published monthly in London since 1731, with copies reaching the colonies. The legend "E pluribus unum" was used on the title pages of the magazines annual complication volumes.

In Thomsons 1782 sketch, for the final design, Charles Thomson put this motto on a scroll held in the bald eagles beak.

"E pluribus unum" is a clear reference to the Thirteen Colonies united into one nation – symbolized by the shield on the eagles breast. As explained in the official description of the Great Seal, the thirteen vertical stripes "represent the several states all joined in one solid compact entire, supporting a Chief, which unites the whole & represents Congress. The Motto alludes to this union."

                                     
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