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THE UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL

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 actually material. We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special blend of ink is used, the contents 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 you will see the scales for 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 or 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 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. (MDCCLXXVI)

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 very few people 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 now stand on its own.< /B>

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 any hotels or motels with a 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 above,

13 letters in "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.

And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.

I always ask people, "Why don't you know this?" Your children don't know

This, and their history teachers don't know this.

Too many veterans have given up too much to ever let the meaning fade.

Many veterans remember coming home to an America that didn't care.

Too many veterans never came home at all.

Share this page with everyone, so they can learn what is on the back of the

UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for... Otherwise, they

will probably never know...

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Comments (12)

hey james,

what a great service you just did for us there--that's as valuable as the freebies that delight and tickle us every day.
you must be a teacher-
at any rate, thanks for a refreshing reiteration of some fascinating American history. one question you may or may not know: does the eagle's glance shift in wartime? i.e., does the mint print the eagle looking the other way, say today, during this miserable war?
thanks again-
marg

krystal fairley:

that is so nice . i believe that everyone should know this .thank you .

James YOU ALWAYS post the most interesting things! Even in your newsletters, lol! There's ALWAYS something fun to read or look at or GO TO, to look at hehe! **muah! XOXOX

Blessings, Shivonne

Yvonne:

I only have one word for this posting: EXCELLENT!!

KinKStar:

Most people also don't know that Crane and Company - recognized as a company who designs those very nice and expensive wedding invitations, etc - patented banknote paper embedded with silk threads in the 1800's and shortly thereafter began making it for our dollars. Crane is the only company given this honor! In recent years, with implementation to keep counterfeiting down, more steps were added to their processes, like adding watermarks.

If you ever see it listed, The Discovery Channel has great programs about how money is made, including coins. It's facsinating to go inside operations, to see the rolls of paper cut and transported to the Treasury Department for printing.

pam kelley:

thank you i didnot know this . but everyone should

Kathy Gouge:

Thank You! I'm sending this to school with my 2nd grader, I think their old enough to grasp it!
I hope the Teacher will want to teach it! I'll be really PO'd if she dosen't
Thanks for the great info!
Kathy

Linda Davis:

Thanks for such a interesting fact. I never knew any of this about the dollar bill.

DAWN ANDERSON:

WOW. THANKS! I WANTED TO ADD SOMETHING INTERESTING. I AM RELATED TO CHARLES CARROLL OF CAROLTON. HE WAS ONE OF THE SIGNERS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. HE LED A VERY INTERESTING AND LONG LIFE. HE LIVED THE LONGEST OF ALL THE OTHER SIGNERS. HE WAS ALSO THE YOUNGEST MEMBER OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.YOU CAN READ MORE IF YOU GOOGLE HIS NAME

Holly:

Wow James...very interesting. I truthfully did not know half those facts you stated. Thank you for sharing, I don't want to sound like a commercial, just want to thank you for your time. We watch the History Channel and missed this one.Have a super day James! ~ Holly

Wayne Federline:

Wow, I didn't even know half that but good news!!!
I just saved a bunch of those One Dollar bills by switching to Geico!

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