3-D Rendered Effect of the American Eagle Great Seal Symbol with E Pluribus Unum banner. A USA symbol of freedom and liberty in muted tones and 3-D effect. The Original great seal was first used publicly in 1782. The original design is the national coat of arms of the United States. It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags. Since 1935, both sides of the Great Seal appear on the reverse of the one-dollar bill. Out of many, one.