A motto is the general motivation or intention of an individual, family, social group or organization. Mottos are usually found predominantly in written form, and may stem from long traditions of social foundations, or from significant events, such as a civil war or a revolution. A motto also establishes the theme of the raison d'être for the existence behind a certain thing. In the case of state mottoes, it may be said to reflect the character and beliefs of the citizens of the state, or more accurately, the citizens of the state when they were adopted. State mottoes can help us gain insight into the history of a state and what it underwent to gain independence for their state.
Oklahoma is a state located in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by the state of Texas on the south and west, Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. The capital of Oklahoma State is Oklahoma City, whereas its largest metro is Greater Oklahoma City. It is partially situated the western extreme of the Upper South. The people of Oklahoma are formally known as Oklahomans and colloquially as Okies.
Oklahoma State Motto
The official state motto of Oklahoma is "Labor Omnia Vincit" which is Latin for "Work Conquers All". The motto of Oklahoma is inscribed on the state's official seal. It was formally adopted in 1907. The motto "Labor Omnia Vincit" was adopted and integrated into the design of the Grand Seal of the Territory of Oklahoma during the second session of the Territorial Legislative Assembly held in Guthrie, January 1893. This is represented in the right of the territorial seal. In the later years, the phrase was further specified as a feature of the Great Seal of the State of Oklahoma in the 1907 Oklahoma Constitution.
The phrase Labor Omnia Vincit was borrowed to be the state motto of Oklahoma from the writing of the Roman poet named Virgil. It dates back over 2,000 years. The phrase, Labor Omnia Vincit, is found in Virgil's first of a series of four Latin Poems, Georgics. The historical implication of this phrase suggests Virgil's support if Augustus Caesar's "Back to the Land" campaign, where Romans were encouraged to go back to farming. Its focal theme rest on the growth and abundance of agricultural boom from primitive beginnings.
Oklahoma State Coin
The first commemorative quarter-dollar coin was released in 2008 for Oklahoma. It became the 46th state to enter the United States Mint's 50 State Quarters Program. The Oklahoma quarter features an image of the State bird, the Scissortail Flycatcher, in flight with its distinctive tail feathers spread. The bird is soaring over the State wildflower, the Indian Blanket, backed by a field of similar wildflowers. The coin's design also bears the inscriptions "Oklahoma" and "1907". The depiction of Indian Blanket (or Gaillardia) symbolizes Oklahoma's rich and diverse Native American heritage and native long grass prairies that are abundant in wildlife. Oklahoma was formed by the combination of the Oklahoma Territory and the Indian Territory of the Five Civilized Tribes; Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, and Cherokee. The State's name is also derived from the Choctaw words "okla" and "homma," meaning "red" and "people."