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[Flag of the Department of the Treasury] image by Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001



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Description

The U.S. Treasury flag is described as follows:

Flag: Mintleaf green, upon which the shield rests on an eagle. In the eagle's beak is a scroll with the words "The Department of Treasury." The obverse of the scroll is "Old Glory blue" with white letters and the reverse is white with dark gray. In the claws, the eagle holds a second scroll with the date of creation "1789" in white.

Shield: The background of the shield is yellow with brown outlines and yellow-orange shadows. On the right is an oak branch and an olive branch on the left. There is also a blue chevron with 13 white stars. Below the chevron is a white Treasury key and above the chevron are balanced scales in white pivoting on a blue anchor.

The flag was approved on January 11, 1963 by Secretary C. Douglas Dillon and first displayed on July 1, 1963.

Phil Nelson, 24 September 1998


These flags are governed by Treasury Directive 73-03, dated September 14, 2001, "Official Flags of the Department of the Treasury." The image shows the flag in the 69 x 112 inch proportions for hoisting outdoors. There is also a 52 x 66 inch version with gold fringe for indoor display. The image was made from a scan of an official color guide prepared by the Army Institute of Heraldry and approved by Treasury Secretary Douglas Dillon in 1963, which I found in the Coast Guard Historian's files.

An older Treasury flag (1887-ca. 1914) may be seen at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/nih_origins/origins2.html

Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001


Secretary of the Treasury

[Flag of the Secretary of the Treasury] image by Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001

From Treasury Directive 73-03, dated September 14, 2001:
The Flag of Rank for the Secretary has a background of old glory blue fringed in golden yellow. The shield background, crossed anchors outside the shield, and 13 crested stars are all in white. Inside the shield, the balances above the chevron, the chevron, and the traditional Treasury key beneath the chevron are all in old glory blue.
Phil Nelson, 29 October 1999


Deputy Secretary of the Treasury

[Flag of the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury] image by Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001

From Treasury Directive 73-03, dated September 14, 2001:
The Flag of Rank for the Deputy Secretary has a background of white fringed in golden yellow. The shield background, crossed anchors outside the shield, and 13 crested stars are all in old glory red. Inside the shield, the balances above the chevron, the chevron, and the traditional Treasury key beneath the chevron are all in white.
Phil Nelson, 29 October 1999

Old Glory red on white is an anomaly that comes from the relatively recent establishment of this position. The traditional sequence of U.S. rank flags from senior to junior would be white on blue, white on red, blue on white, and red on white. The flag is 52 x 66 inches with golden yellow fringe (fringe not shown).
Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001


Under Secretary of the Treasury

[Flag of the Under Secretary of the Treasury] image by Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001

From Treasury Directive 73-03, dated September 14, 2001:
The Flag of Rank for an Under Secretary has a background of old glory red fringed in golden yellow. The shield background, crossed anchors outside the shield, and 13 crested stars are all in white. Inside the shield, the balances above the chevron, the chevron, and the traditional Treasury key beneath the chevron are all in old glory red.
Phil Nelson, 29 October 1999

There are three under secretaries in the Treasury Department. The flag is 52 x 66 inches with golden yellow fringe (fringe not shown).
Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001


Assistant Secretary of the Treasury

[Flag of the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury] image by Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001

From Treasury Directive 73-03, dated September 14, 2001:
The Flag of Rank for an Assistant Secretary has a background of white fringed in golden yellow. The shield background, crossed anchors outside the shield, and 13 crested stars are all in old glory blue. Inside the shield, the balances above the chevron, the chevron, and the traditional Treasury key beneath the chevron are all in white.
Phil Nelson, 29 October 1999

There are ten assistant secretaries in the Treasury Department. The flag is 52 x 66 inches with golden yellow fringe (fringe not shown).
Joe McMillan, 10 December 2001


Divisions Without Their Own Flag

Today I received replies from two popular government offices regarding their flags. The United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing prints paper money and the United States Mint makes coins. Each are a division of the United States Department of Treasury. Each use the flag of the Department of Treasury. They do not have their own specific flag.
Sean McKinniss, 29 November 2002