The One-Dollar Bill
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. 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 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 all pretty easy to figure out, but what is on the
back of that dollar bill is something we should all
The back (reverse) of the one dollar bill is printed in
green (this is why the dollar bill is sometimes called a
greenback). It pictures the word "ONE" flanked by two
circles, picturing the front and back of the Great Seal
of the United States of America.
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, 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,
means, "God has favored our undertaking." The Latin
below the pyramid,
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
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
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
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
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 may 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