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Information on the details of a dollar bill

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Oxford, Jul 2, 2002.

  1. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    We've all looked at dollar bills thousands of times but have we really looked at one in detail. I found this information recently and thought I'd post it for anyone who's interested in what each item on the bill means.

    Take out a one dollar bill, and look at it. The $1 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 un-capped, 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. 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 heros' 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. 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 on the banner you will read, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning, "one nation of 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.

  2. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

    OK, this is some quality stuff we shouldn't get into an argument over. Good info and shooting related since we need the $ to buy our guns & ammo :)

  3. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Well, most of those 13s were put there deliberately to commemorate the 13 colonies, so listing the 13 steps, 13 bars, etc. is redundant. It is not coincidental like you imply. Bald eagles do not fly above storms and scavenge dead fish half the time. The Golden Eagle or Red Tailed Hawk would have been better choices, IMHO.
  4. Dang Klaus,

    That was a bummer remark after a very positive one that coulda been left unchallenged.

    THAT is MHO, lol.

    Post edit note: comments above made with tongue in cheek and meant lightheartedly....yepper.
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2002
  5. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Yes, a few inaccuries exist.


    I didn't write the article, just copied it, but I understand what you're saying. No author was listed, either.

    How high do you suppose a golden eagle would have to fly to get above the storm?

    Also, the number 13 could have been used on an endless list of events, none of them relating to the American flag.
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2002
  6. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

    constructive criticism, gotta have it :)
    If Ben Franklin had his way the wild turkey would have gotten the nod. That would screw up a lot of good hunting!
  7. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Man instead of turkey for Thanksgiving.....what would we have....good o meat loaf?

    Thanks for the insight Oxford.
  8. wes

    wes G&G Newbie

    Yum,bald eagle for Thanksgiving.
  9. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Sorry Oxford, you said nothing about copying your post from somewhere. You posted it as your own words, so naturally I attributed the words to you.
  10. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Good point Klaus. It was nearly "plaggueeriseum" but not quite. (ha) Note that I said "I found the information recently". When you find something that doesn't guarantee it authenticity or accuracy. With the gang of wolves and eagle eyes on this forum I knew there would be lots of scrutiny. Keep firing away. There may be more inconsistancies.

  11. BenP

    BenP G&G Newbie

    The symbology chosen by Franklin for a lot of the designs was deliberate. Much of the material used is derived from elements of Freemasonry, which was very popular at the time. A lot of the basis of our original form of government can be traced back into the Lodge, which itself can be sourced back to ancient democratic ideals.
  12. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Tell me more about the freemason movement.

    BenP: I'd be very interested in learning more about "freemasonary". Was this a social organization or a type of bricklaying process? (ha) Sorry...I just couldn't resist the wisecrack.

    Seriously, though, my father was a Mason but I could never learn anything about their mission. If you get time, please post more information about the freemason movement. I'd be very interested in learning more about that organization and their history/goals.

  13. Klaus

    Klaus G&G Newbie

    Actually, it was bricklayers. The freemasons were construction workers and engineers who built castles in medieval Europe. They were a guild that traveled Europe to wherever the job site was. They were semi-independant of local governments. Some people claim the Freemasons went back much further, allegedly building Soloman's temple.
  14. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Very interesting! Now you've got me even more interested since I'm a volunteer carpenter and retired from the school operations department.

    Guess I should get on the web and see what I can find regarding the freemason's history and activities.

  15. BenP

    BenP G&G Newbie

    It can be difficult to separate the allegorical from the actual in masonic history. This much we do know; Freemasonry as is practiced today was pretty much established in Europe circa 14th century. Operative masons had guilds and were not bound in the feudal system like most of the peasantry were. They could travel more or less freely, and had special rights and privileges as befit their trade. Over time, and due to the influences of a mostly Christian society, they adopted certain customs and traditions. These practices themselves became institutional, and were a mark of privilege amongst the brethren. Some of the aristocracy wanted to be privy to these practices, but since they weren't operative masons, a concession was made whereby freemen not of the trade could be made speculative masons and honorary members of the guilds. Due to various circumstances, the monarchs began to resent the growing power that the guilds possessed, and eventually sought to subjugate the craft back under crown rule. England, especially Scotland, offered safe haven to the craft at the time, and so a large migration from continental Europe to England ensued. Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland is one of the first masonic buildings in Scotland that still stands (for some reason Cromwell left it alone). As time went on, even the English monarchy got envious of their influence, and began persecuting Masons, only now there were more speculative masons than operative, due to the evolution of technology. So a lot of Freemasons fled England for the colonies. Thus the ideas that all men are created equal, that men ought to be free to govern themselves, that we live under one God, and that we have a duty to aid and assist each other for the general benefit of all and to seek knowledge, pursue wisdom, and fight tyranny in all its forms are all inherited traits from the Masonic Lodge by our original government. Most of the signatories on the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons, as was the drafters of our constitution. GW was a Worshipful Master of a Masonic Lodge. We've had many Masonic Presidents as well. Gerald Ford was the last one.

    Ever heard of Jaques Demolay or the Knights Templar? They're part of Masonry. Every Shriner has to be a Mason first. The Odd Fellows are associated with Masonry. The founders of Mormanism unlawfully plagurized many elements of Freemasonry when they constructed that religion, and were subsequently banned from Masonry for it. There's a Masonic Lodge in every free country in the world.
  16. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    Rosslyn Chapel (In Scotland)

    BenP: That was an enlightening lesson on the freemasons. Thanks for all that information.

    Two years ago my wife and I were in Scotland and spent about an hour inside Rosslyn Chapel viewing an amazing amount of very intricate rock carvings and engravings that were on the walls, pillars, ceilings and just about everywhere.

    Your comment about Rosslyn Chapel lit a light in my memory that I'd almost forgotten. When we were being escorted by our English hosts, my friend, who was a Mason, told me about the chapel being the first home for the Mason organization. Not being a Mason myself, this fact got mixed in with about a jillion other facts that we tried to retain during that excursion. At the time I was thinking that I couldn't believe I was standing in the building where such a great worldwide organization was founded.

    Within 100 ft of Rosslyn Chapel was Rosslyn Castle, which is still being occupied by descendants of that family. It's located on a tall hill overlooking a small creek and a thick growth of trees. An interesting fact was that the Rosslyn family leases out part of their castle to aristocrats who can afford the rent just so they can have a castle as their official residence. Now that's what I call English snobbery. (ha)

    And, of course, there's the usual tourist trap next door that sold all sorts of souvenirs. We looked and moved on with our minds and eyes in kind of a glaze. We'd seen too much after three weeks of more of the same.

    Thanks for the reminder of an important place in our history which I was fortunate enough to visit.

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2002
  17. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

    not to be disrespectful to this good info but just to inject a bit humor. Do't we call these folks CEO's in modern times?
  18. Oxford

    Oxford G&G Evangelist

    You're right again.

    Jerry: You're right again. Some call them CEO's, some call them snobs, and some call them aristocrats...hope I never become one of them. No chance anyway because they usually have a big bank roll.(ha)