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The 189th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 2: Seal of commonwealth

Section 2. The seal of the commonwealth shall be circular in form, bearing upon its face a representation of the arms of the commonwealth encircled with the inscription within a beaded border, ''Sigillum Reipublicae Massachusettensis''. The colors of the arms shall not be an essential part of said seal, and an impression from a seal engraved according to said design, on any commission, paper, or document shall be valid without such colors or the representation thereof by heraldic lines or marks.