It's long but take the time to read it through to the end......
Take out a one-dollar bill and look at it. (I guess the author assumes that everyone has a US bill handy.)
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 is actually cloth. 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 the balance, i. e., a balanced budget.
In the center, you have a carpenter's T-square, a tool used for an even cut. Underneath is the Key to the United States Treasury. That's 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 seeing eye, and 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. 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 heroes' 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 knows 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.
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.
It is said 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 buildings with a 13th floor.
But, think about this:
13 original colonies,
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 Eagle's wing,
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.
Pass this on. (This is definitely a hot flash for all to study in depth....I don't think)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. Tell everyone what is on the back of the one dollar bill and what it stands for, because nobody else will.
Nov 11, '01
thank you! i was clueless....
printed it..on my way to show to hubby..will share with others!
Nov 12, '01
I didn't know this. I also am printing this to share.
Nov 12, '01
Me too! Guess the number 13 is going to be my favorite number!!
Nov 12, '01
Will TODAY'S American Citizens EVER compare to the FINEST Citizens that BUILT this NATION???
Most Americans knew that this Nation was headed for BAD times before 9-11 even occurred by observing the ways that our own CITIZENS treated each other!! At times, it felt like it was the start of a NEW Civil War!!
I hope that OUR NATION can stand up to the challenges that we are facing today and make OUR FOUNDERS PROUD!!!
And when I say OUR NATION, I am including all AMERICANS, not just the Politicians and Military. Each AMERICAN MUST do something!! And this is a great way to start!! BEING PATRIOTIC!!!
This is a great way to show other COUNTRIES that the U.S.A. will never be defeated!!
It is also a great way to educate our citizens about how STRONG this country is and how IT will REMAIN!!!
Nov 13, '01
Perhaps it is in the point of view, but what I see is many symbolic references ( the all seeing eye, the pyramid, the square, etc. etc.) to the secret society known as freemasons, an exclusively male organisation, whose fisrt loyalty, sworn on a death oath, is to other freemasons above all.
" Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel " Oscar Wilde
Nov 14, '01
Donmurrey, what you note has been noted by many historians of this country. It must also be noted that nearly all of the founders of this country were members of the Masons. To get the full flavor of the Masons and all that they mean, one needs to get some books out on them. The symbolism of the Masons is rich, and it is rich in symbolism of God. Not necessarily a "Christian" God, which is what got the Masons in trouble with the Catholic church. Many believe that the Masons are an offshoot of the Templear Knights, from a few survivors of their massacre that escaped to Scotland. Some fascinating theories there.
All in all though the freemasons believe in God, but in one in which men are free to worship as they see fit. A naturalistic God if you will. Similar to the views on religion that Thomas Jefferson had. I think that you will find that pragmatic approach to religion by most of the founders of this country. Fascinating individuals all of them.
Nov 14, '01
I was born near Rosslyn Chapel, to the south of Edinburgh, which is the centre of the Knights Templar activity. I would not question
masonic religious beliefs, If a person --no-- a man, wants to make bindfolded oaths at knifepoint, with one trouser leg rolled up, that is his business, but when he is part of an invitation only, secret society which demands loyalty to the society above all else, including the law, then I worry.
I visited the Alamo during my trip to the ANA Convention in 1994, and noticed then how many of the leaders were masons. Also the generous handful of celts, ie Scots, Irish, I know we are reputed to enjoy a good "debate", though it seems a long way to go for one. What really puzzled me was the one Welshman!
Nov 15, '01
Have you been to Rossyln Chapel? I have seen pictures, seems to be a very interesting and perhaps, enlightening place.
The wrapping of celtic, particularly Scottish background, into the beginnings of America, are very definately there. George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were of Scots Heritage. Parts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are incredibly similar to documents the Scots used in, I think, the 13th century when declaring their independence from an overbearing British government. The first main protestant church in this country that was separate from the Church of England truly, was the Episcolpal church. There were no priests or Bishops that were considered "American" at the time,(after the Revolutionary war) and no English Bishop would ordain an American Priest, fearing the King of England, the Scottish Bishop stood up and did it instead, establishing the American Episcopal church, offshot of the Church of England, still part of the Anglican communion. The American Episcopal church still uses the celtic circle in much of it's imagery, as can be seen at the main altar at the National Cathedral in Washington DC.
From what I have read and understood of freemasons, the Scottish freemasons functioned differently than the English freemasons. In that in England it became more of a "gentleman's" club used of business contacts and such than for anything else. The Scottish freemasons retained more of the subtle nuances of what the freemasons were and represented. There are have been a couple American historians who have made the argument that America came into being precisely because so many of the founders were freemasons, and their views of human freedom, and no feeling of fealty to anyone besides their idea of who and what God is. Fascinating thoughts to me. One never knows for sure, but it is certainly something to spectulate on given the symbolism of Masonry that can be seen in different aspects of early American Government.
Nov 15, '01
Don, I think the same as you do!! Those masons are a bunch of their own and should be watched really careful!!
I don't like to compare................. but this group is as influential as a few others, which are condemned officially.
I know a couple of doctors (well pofessors to be correct!!), who are part of them.........well........ be sure not to get in trouble with them, because your career is over and out!!
Take care, Renee
Nov 20, '01
I visited Rosslyn Chapel many years ago, it is indeed a fascinating place. I can't cope with links yet, but the website is
A search on Ask Jeeves turned up 1200 references!