Code of Virginia
§ 15.2-1812. Memorials for war veterans.
A locality may, within the geographical limits of the locality, authorize and permit the erection of monuments or memorials for any war or conflict, or for any engagement of such war or conflict, to include the following monuments or memorials: Algonquin (1622), French and Indian (1754-1763), Revolutionary (1775-1783), War of 1812 (1812-1815), Mexican (1846-1848), Confederate or Union monuments or memorials of the War Between the States (1861-1865), Spanish-American (1898), World War I (1917-1918), World War II (1941-1945), Korean (1950-1953), Vietnam (1965-1973), Operation Desert Shield-Desert Storm (1990-1991), Global War on Terrorism (2000- ), Operation Enduring Freedom (2001- ), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003- ). If such are erected, it shall be unlawful for the authorities of the locality, or any other person or persons, to disturb or interfere with any monuments or memorials so erected, or to prevent its citizens from taking proper measures and exercising proper means for the protection, preservation and care of same. For purposes of this section, "disturb or interfere with" includes removal of, damaging or defacing monuments or memorials, or, in the case of the War Between the States, the placement of Union markings or monuments on previously designated Confederate memorials or the placement of Confederate markings or monuments on previously designated Union memorials.
The governing body may appropriate a sufficient sum of money out of its funds to complete or aid in the erection of monuments or memorials to the veterans of such wars. The governing body may also make a special levy to raise the money necessary for the erection or completion of any such monuments or memorials, or to supplement the funds already raised or that may be raised by private persons, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion or other organizations. It may also appropriate, out of any funds of such locality, a sufficient sum of money to permanently care for, protect and preserve such monuments or memorials and may expend the same thereafter as other funds are expended.
Code 1950, § 15-696; 1962, c. 623, § 15.1-270; 1982, c. 19; 1988, c. 284; 1997, c. 587; 1998, c. 752; 2005, c. 390; 2010, c. 860.
It's a shame that in 1930 the Image was officially modified to the Spear Down design !
This is the Proper Image --
Pre-Yankee Occupation Virtus was in her full suit of armor with the tyrant supine.
The spear up represents Virtus ready to attack again.
After the war, occupying forces exposed her breast, and had her weapon placed down to indicate that she admitted defeat to the union, and that she wouldn't take up Arms against the Federal Govt again.
Thanks to Donald Caul for help with this information ! *** Fred Taylor offers more information --
The flag actually pre-dates the start of the War, as the seal was first placed on a blue field/flag by Virginia Governor John Floyd, who served from 1830-34. It was to mirror what is known as the Burnet Flag that traces its history to the Republic of West Florida (1810), then the Republic of Texas (1836)... aka the Bonnie Blue Flag, simply replacing the single star with the Virginia seal. However, it was first made the "official" flag and adopted by the Virginia secession convention in April of 1861.
Specifically, Section 331 of Title 18 of the United States code provides criminal penalties for anyone who “fraudulently alters, defaces, mutilates impairs, diminishes, falsifies, scales, or lightens any of the coins coined at the Mints of the United States.” This statute means that one may be violating the law if the appearance of the coin is changed and represented to be other than the altered coin that it is with the intent of fraud.
As a matter of policy, the U.S. Mint does not promote coloring, plating or altering U.S. coinage, however, there are no sanctions against such activity unless the intent is to be fraudulent. Hmmmmmm ? UPDATE II Found on E-Bay click HERE