He explains to Colonel Tigh that the medallion is a symbol of the Colonial faith as well as a symbol of power. The medallions are passed to members of the Quorum of Twelve; both he and the treasonous Lord Baltar have the last known surviving Seals.
The medallion is also used in the sealing ceremony, where the master of ceremonies wraps the medallion's chains around the bride and groom's hands as each holds the other's hands, with the medallion itself on top.
On Kobol, in search of answers to the whereabouts of Earth, Commander Adama uses the medallion as a key that opens the tomb of the Ninth Lord of Kobol, as well as to circumvent the cage-trap in the corridor leading to the tomb. The diamond-shape of the medallion also served as a mirror to reflect light to photo-sensitive eyes of the animal-figures within the tomb, thus opening the actual resting place beneath the faux sarcophagus (TOS: "Lost Planet of the Gods, Part II").
Another possible appearance of the Seal as seen on Adama's blue commander's uniform.
- The Seal of the Lords is analogous to the Arrow of Apollo in the Re-imagined Series's Kobol story arc. As in "Lost Planet of the Gods," the new series' characters also search for the way to Earth by accessing another ancient tomb of a Lord of Kobol, where the Arrow is the key to the data in the episode, "Home, Part II."
- A similar medallion appeared in Glen A. Larson's television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century as the amulet used to stop the Vorvon in the episode "Space Vampire."
- The Seal may have a second appearance, as shown in this picture. Different props may have been used, or the character has a second medallion for reasons unrevealed.