Interpretation of the CIA Seal
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Section 2 of the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949 provided for a seal of office for CIA. The design of the seal was approved and set forth on 17 February 1950 in President Harry Truman's Executive Order 10111.
In this Order, the CIA seal is described in heraldic terms as follows:
CREST: On a wreath argent and gules an American bald eagle's head erased proper.
Below the shield on a gold color scroll the inscription "United States of America" in red letters and encircling the shield and crest at the top the inscription "Central Intelligence Agency" in white letters.
All on a circular blue background with a narrow gold edge.