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New Zealand seal: the 1852 seal (2nd of 2)

New Zealand seal: the 1852 seal

The seal introduced in 1852 was designed by Benjamin Wyon and was in use until 1881. It features a cleric on the left and a Māori chief on the right, separated by a cross and scales, representing justice. Above them is the British coat of arms.

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Stephen Levine, 'Coat of arms - The seal of New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012