Pennsylvania Coat of Arms, by John Fisher (1736–1808), 1796.
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Painting of the Pennsylvania Coat of Arms by John Fisher in 1796.

Credit: York College of Pennsylvania

After declaring independence the state of Pennsylvania placed a merchant ship, plow, and sheaves of wheat on paper money (1777) and then in its coat of arms (1778) to symbolize the two principal sources of the Commonwealth’s wealth: agriculture and commerce.

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