The E-Sylum: Volume 5, Number 35, September 3, 2002, Article 7
A web site visitor asked, "Can you please tell me what the
Shields on coins represent?" My reply (assuming he was
referring to U.S. coins) was: "As I understand it, the shield
represents the Union. Typically there are thirteen horizontal
and vertical bands, representing the 13 original colonies.
The shield also represents military strength."
How'd I do? Did I get it right? Is there more to it than
Wayne Homren, Editor
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