Rejected Designs for the Great Seal of the United States

After they’d completed their work on the Declaration of Independence, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin were chosen by the Continental Congress to form a committee and submit a seal design for approval.

Above is Adams’ version. See what Franklin and Jefferson came up with, plus more rejected designs, here.

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