A Bold and Colorful Keepsake of the "Keystone State"
The State Flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is depicted here on a collectible Worldwide fridge magnet and makes a great souvenir from Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Coat of Arms is colorfully embroidered on a royal blue background with the state motto printed across the bottom on a scrolling red ribbon. The state motto reads: "Virtue, Liberty and Independence." The Coat of Arms is that of the family that originally settled the Pennsylvania colony, and the nickname Keystone State refers to Pennsylvania's central position in the original thirteen American colonies. Pennsylvania is also sometimes called the "State of Independence," "The Quaker State," "The Coal State," and "The Oil State."
The Coat of Arms on the Pennsylvania flag isn't actually the official state seal, but it is used on a lot of official documents and is even carved in stone at the Gettysburg National Military Park. The first time the Coat of Arms was used officially was on paper money that was printed in 1777.
Explaining the Imagery of the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms
Two rearing horses flank both sides of a shield that is topped by an American bald eagle. Horses were vital in transportation and the settling of Pennsylvania, and the eagle represents the United States. On the shield is a merchant ship representing the many ships that sailed in and out of the ports of Pennsylvania and helped increase the state's prosperity through commerce. A band across the center of the shield is embossed with the image of a plow, standing for the state's agricultural resources, as do the three sheaves of what on the bottom of the field. Crossing stalks at the bottom of the shield are an olive branch (symbol of peace) and a corn stalk (symbol of prosperity.)