No. 97 NAI DT S2485A
Dublin, 26 October 1937
We use three Seals on documents signed by the King, as hereafter set out:
The External Great Seal and the Signet Seal have two separated faces, one face bearing the usual national emblem and the other the effigy of King George V. The Fob Seal has, of course, only one side, which bears the King's Arms with the modification that the Harp is carried in two quarters instead of one.
The question at issue is whether we shall keep the King's effigy as it is or have a new effigy cut for George VI. If we leave the effigy in its present form the two sides will contradict each other, as the Irish emblem will bear the superscription 'Éire' according to the new Constitution (December 29th 1937) and the other side will carry the effigy of a King who died in January 1936.
Inasmuch as we have deliberately maintained the King for specific external purposes in order to gain a definite national end, and inasmuch as we legally created George VI King in December 1936, it would seem more logical to put his effigy on the Seal.
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