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The official coat of arms that acts as the fingerprint of America. Historically, it could only be applied by an official government representative. It was a visual symbol of the U.S. Government that was meant to be recognizable even for those who could not read English. The eagle holds 13 arrows and a shield on the eagle’s breast has 13 stripes to represent the original 13 states.