Author: Philip Tibbetts.
Rationale: The black hoop, charged with three white circles comes from the arms of William Penn. This hoop is fimbriated in white and charged against a green field, which represents woodland. Together the symbolism recalls the meaning of the state’s name as ‘Penn’s Woodland’. In the centre circle of the design is charged a key, which denoted the state’s nickname of ‘The Keystone State’ recalling the importance of Pennsylvania in American history.