E PLURIBUS UNUM : out of many, one
TUEBOR : “I will defend,” refers to Michigan’s frontier position.
The shield is held by two animals representing Michigan, the elk on the left and the moose on the right. Michigan is on an international boundary, and the figure of the man shows his right hand raised in peace.
Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice : In Latin, Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice means “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. It is the state motto of Michigan.