List of Rhode Island state symbols

The following is a list of symbols of the U.S. state of Rhode Island.

State insignia

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Flag Flag of Rhode Island Flag of Rhode Island 1640 (originally)
1916 (formally)
Motto Hope Hope 1664
Nickname The Ocean State
Little Rhody
The Plantation State
The Ocean State
Little Rhody
The Plantation State
Seal Seal of Rhode Island Seal of Rhode Island 1644
Slogan Unwind Unwind
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms of Rhode Island Coat of arms of Rhode Island 1822

Living symbols

Type Symbol Image Adopted
Bird Rhode Island Red Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus
Rhode Island Red 1954
Fish Striped Bass
Morone saxatilis
Striped bass FWS 1 2000
Flower Violet
Viola sororia
Viola sororia 1968
Tree Red Maple
Acer rubrum
Red maple 1964
Shell Quahaug
Mercenaria mercenaria
LittleNeck clams USDA96c1862 1987

Earth symbols

Type Symbol Image Adopted


Rhode Island Greening Apple 1991
Mineral Bowenite Serpentine-bowenite 1966
Rock Cumberlandite Cumberlandite 1966

Cultural symbols

Rhode Island Tartan

United States coin

Type Symbol Image Coined
Quarter dollar Rhode Island Quarter 2001 2001 RI Proof 2001


  • "State Symbols". Government of Rhode Island. Retrieved 21 September 2012.

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