2019 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 3 - State Seal, Song and Symbols
Section 12-3-1 - [State seal; design.]

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-3-1 (2019)

The coat of arms of the state shall be the Mexican eagle grasping a serpent in its beak, the cactus in its talons, shielded by the American eagle with outspread wings, and grasping arrows in its talons; the date 1912 under the eagles and, on a scroll, the motto: "Crescit Eundo." The great seal of the state shall be a disc bearing the coat of arms and having around the edge the words "Great Seal of the State of New Mexico."

History: Laws 1887, ch. 70, § 1; C.L. 1897, § 3798; Code 1915, § 5422; C.S. 1929, § 135-101; 1941 Comp., § 3-1301; 1953 Comp., § 4-14-1.


Bracketed material. — The bracketed material was inserted by the compiler and is not part of the law.


The above seal has not been amended or altered in any way.

The seal as described above was apparently selected by the commission named to provide a state seal according to Joint Resolution No. 11, March 13, 1913 (Laws 1913, p. 172). See also N.M. Const., art. XXII, § 9, providing for continuance of territorial seal until changed.

Use by anyone other than state prohibited. — Use of the great seal of the state by anyone other than by the state of New Mexico, for any purpose, is not permitted. 1952 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 52-5569.

Am. Jur. 2d, A.L.R. and C.J.S. references. — 81A C.J.S. States § 39.

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