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Today in History: June 20

Microsoft News | Slide 1 of 13: American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). The Great Seal of the United States, used to authenticate documents issued by the U.S. federal government. It was first used publicly in 1782. Engraving, 19th century. Colored.

1782: Congress approves the 'Great Seal'

Congress approved the Great Seal of the United States, featuring the emblem of the bald eagle. The obverse is used on official documents to authenticate the President's signature. It also appears on proclamations, warrants, treaties, and commissions of high officials of the government. It is also used officially as decoration on military uniform buttons and on plaques above the entrances to U.S. embassies and consulates. Both the obverse and the reverse are depicted on the one-dollar bill.

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