Seal of the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1731-1733
Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004

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The seal is a thick disc of brass. Its upper surface is engraved deeply with the Library Company's emblem, designed by Franklin. Around its rim is the Latin motto, which he composed: Communiter bona profundere deum est. Its free translation is: To pour forth benefits for the common good is divine.

On the reverse of the disc is cast a cylindrical stub, perforated with a hole to permit the metal to be fastened to a handle (not present at this time).

Connection to Franklin
Used by the Library Company of Philadelphia, which Franklin co-founded
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