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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Flag of Pennsylvania.svg
Use Civil and state flag
Proportion 2:3
Adopted June 13, 1907; 116 years ago (June 13, 1907)
Design Coat of Arms of Pennsylvania on a blue field
Flag of the Governor of Pennsylvania.svg
Variant flag of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Name Standard of the Governor of Pennsylvania
Design Coat of Arms of Pennsylvania on a white field, with two banners above and below
Coat of arms of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Coat of arms of Pennsylvania.svg
Pennsylvania state coat of arms (illustrated, 1876).jpg
Historical coat of arms (illustrated, 1876)
Coat of arms of Pennsylvania (seal).svg
The coat of arms is often used in the form of a "seal"
Coat of arms of Pennsylvania (lesser).svg
The coat of arms as it appears on the obverse of the Great Seal.
Armiger Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Adopted 1778
Crest Bald eagle
Torse Gold and White
Blazon Tierced per fess azure, Or, and vert; in chief a ship at sea proper; in fess a plough proper; in base three sheaves of wheat proper
Supporters Horses
Motto Virtue, Liberty, and Independence

The coat of arms of Pennsylvania is an official emblem of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, alongside the seal and state flag, and was adopted in 1778. The flag of Pennsylvania consists of a blue field on which the state coat of arms is displayed.


The flag as it appears in an 1819 painting

Originally authorized by the state in 1799, the current design was enacted by law in 1907.

In the summer of 2005, a bill was introduced to the state legislature to add "Pennsylvania" to the bottom of the flag in golden letters. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted in favor of the change. The legislation was proposed by State Representative Tim Solobay. The Senate has not yet taken action on the bill.

Flag of the governor

The flag of the governor of Pennsylvania contains the state coat of arms on a field of white. Above the coat of arms, the flag displays a red ribbon with "The Governor" written in gold sans serif lettering. Below the coat of arms, the flag displays another red ribbon with "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania" in gold lettering.

NAVA Ranking

In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 U.S. state, U.S. territorial and Canadian provincial flags. The survey ranked Pennsylvania's flag 57th out of the 72.


Besides being used by itself, the coat of arms is used on many governmental seals of the state, as well as the flag of the Governor.

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