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The One Dollar Bill

February 28th, 2010 by Hank

Have you ever really examined a dollar bill?  Take one out and look at it. The one dollar bill design shown here first came off the government presses in 1957.  It is a note – a Federal Reserve Note signed by the U.S. Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury.

No Intrinsic Value – Today, however, like the currency of most nations, the dollar is fiat money without intrinsic value.  This means that it has no backing   (the gold standard was abolished in 1972) and would be entirely worthless but for the fact that people have been persuaded to use and accept it as if it had worth.

Not Paper – Although most of us call it paper money, it is not paper.  It is in fact made of a blend of cotton and linen, with tiny  red and blue silk fibers running through it.  It can be washed without falling apart. The formula of the ink is kept secret.

Symbols – The bill is overprinted with symbols and then starched to make it water resistant.  Finally it is  pressed to give it that nice crisp look when it is new.  Of course, after usage, it is no longer crisp.

On the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury Seal to the right of George Washington’s picture.  In the center of the seal is a set of scales. Some say this represents a balanced budget.  In the center the image of a carpenter’s square is superimposed.  The Key to the United States Treasury is underneath.

The back side of the dollar bill is replete with symbolism.

The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal representing the United States of America.  It took them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get  it approved. You will see two circles. The circles comprise the front and back of the Great Seal of the United States. The pyramid in the left-hand circle is the object of much speculation.   Its front is lighted, and the western side is dark.  Some say this signifies that the United States was just beginning to develop as a nation, and we had not begun to explore the West.  The pyramid is uncapped, again signifying that we were not even close to being finished.

Inside the capstone is the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. It was Franklin’s belief that one man couldn’t do it alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.  Although modern activists have succeeded in removing the phrase In God We Trust from many public places, it remains on the dollar bill, and the Latin above the pyramid,  Annuit Coeptis, means God has favored our undertaking. The Latin below the pyramid, Novus Ordo Seclorum, means a new order has begun. At the base of the pyramid is the Roman Numeral for 1776: MDCCLXXVI.

The Presidential Seal – The right hand circle is on every National Cemetery in the United States, and it is also the centerpiece of most heroes’ monuments.  Slightly modified, it is the Seal of the President of the United States, and it is always visible whenever he speaks.  Yet very few people know what the symbols mean.

The Eagle – The bald eagle was selected as a symbol for victory, for two reasons: First, he is not afraid of a storm; he is strong, and he is smart enough to soar above it. Secondly, he wears no material crown.  We had just broken from the King of England.  Also, notice the shield is unsupported.  This country could now stand on its own.

Congress – At the top of that shield the white bar signifies congress, a unifying factor. We were coming together as one nation. In the eagle’s beak you will read  E Pluribus Unum, meaning one nation from many people. Above the eagle are thirteen stars, representing the thirteen original colonies, and any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away.  Again, we were coming together as one. Notice what the eagle holds in his talons. He holds an olive branch and arrows, denoting peace and war.  This country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve that peace.

13 – Is it an unlucky number or a very significant number on the dollar bill?

You will usually never see a room numbered 13 at any hotel  or motel. No floor is called the 13th floor. But think about this:  13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 letters in the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum, 13 stars above the eagle, 13 bars on that shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows.

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7 Responses

  1. David

    How come no one ever mentions the spider. I’ve known about it all my life. How come no one ever talks about it.

    You all know about it too, I’m sure. It’s on the upper left corner of the frame around the upper right “1” on the front of the bill.

    So how ’bout it?

  2. admin

    Thanks for pointing this out. Never noticed it or heard about it before.

  3. Travis

    13 letters in the department 13 letters in Of The treasure

  4. ionia

    what does it mean when ther is a star before the green numbers on a dollar bill?

  5. Hank

    Don’t know. Does anybody out there know?

  6. samantha

    the star means its a reprint

  7. shannon

    It is an owl in the top righ not a spider. The spiders are on the bottom left and right, and look hard there are many other little hidden symbols of the Illuminati or freemasons.

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