The Great Seal is used as our national coat of arms.The Great Seal of the United States is a unique symbol of our country and national identity. Only one authorized Great Seal is in official use and is operated by the U.S. Department of State. The Great Seal is impressed upon official documents including treaties and commissions. The Department of State affixes about 3,000 seals to official documents yearly. The number 13 is very important in the Great Seal. There are 13 stars in the crest above the eagle, 13 stripes in the shield, 13 arrows in the Eagles left claw, 13 olives and leaves in the Eagles right claw and 13 letters in the motto "e pluribus unum" on the seal.

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