This one's been circulating via e-mail, and it's quite
Take out a one dollar bill and look at it.
The one dollar bill you're looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its present
design. This so-called "paper money" is, in fact, a cotton and linen blend, with
red and blue minute silk fibers running through it. It is an actual material. We've all
washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents of which
we will never know. It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched to make it
water resistant, and pressed to give it that nice crisp look.
If you look on the front of the bill, you will see the United States Treasury Seal. On the
top of the seal, you will see the Scales of Balance -- a balanced budget. In the
center you have a carpenter's square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the key
to the United States Treasury.
That's all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the back of that dollar bill is
something we should all know. If you turn the bill over, you will see two circles. Both
circles together comprise the Great Seal of the United States. The First Continental
Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin and a group of men come up with a Seal. It took
them four years to accomplish this task and another two years to get it approved.
If you look at the left-hand circle, you will see a pyramid. Notice the face is lighted
and the western side is dark. This country was just beginning. We had not begun to explore
the West, nor decided what we could do for Western Civilization. The pyramid is uncapped,
again signifying that we were not even close to being finished. Inside the capstone, you
have 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. IN
GOD WE TRUST is printed on this currency.
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.
If you look at the right-hand circle and check it carefully, you will learn that it is on
every National Cemetery in the United States. It is also on the Parade of Flags Walkway at
the Bushnell, Florida, National Cemetery and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments.
Slightly modified, it is the seal of the President of the United States and it is always
visible whenever he speaks, yet no one know what the symbols mean.
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 can stand on its own. At the top of that shield, you
have a white bar signifying 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 you have 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. This
country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace. The eagle
always wants to face the olive branch, but in time of war, his gaze turns toward the
arrows. They say that the number 13 is an unlucky number. This is almost a worldwide
belief. You will usually never see a room numbered 13, or hotels or motels with a 13th
floor. But think about this:
13 original colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the pyramid,
13 letters in the Latin above,
13 letters in E PLURIBUS UNUM,
13 stars above the eagle,
13 plumes of feathers on each span of the
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
and if you look
minorities: the 13th Amendment
Is the above true? Here's a refutation which,
incidentally, came via e-mail:
I don't think
that this explanation of the pyramid is necessarily true. However, it does
state that the pyramid design was added in 1935--which I believe is true.
This info was taken directly from the Treasury Website. The explanation on
your Website I've read elsewhere--and I dont think it is true. I would be
interested to find out exactly who did design this seal. If the designer was
Ben Franklin, why wasn't this used until 1935?
The eye and the pyramid shown on the reverse side of the one-dollar bill are
in the Great Seal of the United States. The Great Seal was first used on the
reverse of the one-dollar Federal Reserve note in 1935. The Department of
State is the official keeper of the Seal. They believe that the most
accurate explanation of a pyramid on the Great Seal is that it symbolizes
strength and durability. The unfinished pyramid means that the United States
will always grow, improve and build.
addition, the "All-Seeing Eye" located above the pyramid suggests the
importance of divine guidance in favor of the American cause. The
inscription ANNUIT COEPTIS translates as "He (God) has favored our
undertakings," and refers to the many instances of Divine Providence during
our Government's formation. In addition, the inscription NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM
translates as "A new order of the ages," and signifies a new American era.