New Jersey

flag of New Jersey
The Garden State
Admitted December 18, 1787

New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, named in honor of England’s Isle of Jersey.

Its flag is the only U.S. flag to feature a field of buff, often incorrectly represented as yellow. It’s one of many to showcase its state coat of arms.

The flag was officially adopted March 26, 1896.

Composition

The New Jersey flag features a field of buff charged with the state coat of arms, centered.

flag of New Jersey

Iconography

  • the goddess Liberty holding a staff topped with a phrygian cap

    Liberty

    goddess of liberty, freedom

  • the goddess Ceres holding a cornucopia

    Ceres

    goddess of agriculture, prosperity

  • a phrygian cap

    phrygian cap

    liberty, freedom

  • a cornucopia filled with fruits

    cornucopia

    agriculture, bountiful harvest

  • a left-facing horse’s head

    horse

    state animal, transportation, farming

  • a forward facing knight’s helmet and gorget

    knight

    strength, sovereignty

  • a shield

    shield

    strength, agricultural tradition

  • a plow

    plow

    agriculture, fertile soil

Coat of Arms

New Jersey’s coat of arms was designed by Pierre Eugene du Simitiere in 1777.

the New Jersey coat of arms

Colors

Jersey Blue and Buff are New Jersey’s state colors, assigned with specific color values.

The colors were chosen by George Washington while encamped at Jockey Hollow during the Revolutionary War, originally for the New Jersey Line uniform coats.


New Jersey statute does not provide Cable or Pantone values for the other colors of the coat of arms.The hex values here are approximations.
Buff
#e1b584
Cable No. 65015 US Army Buff
Jersey Blue
#2484c6
Cable No. 70087 Royal Blue
Argent
#9ba7b9
Tenne
#dc6026
Gules
#d0202e
Brown
#81512b

Construction

New Jersey statute doesn’t specify dimensions, but the flag is usually produced with a proportion of 2:3.

construction sheet for the flag of New Jersey

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