Dollar Bill Pictures And What They Mean

Dollar bill pictures and what they mean. The dollar bill of the United States is full of symbolism. What does the symbolism mean?

The United States of America's current one dollar bill came off the presses in 1957. The dollar bill appears to be paper, but it is not: it is a cotton and linen blend. It is made of fabric, not paper, and that is a good thing because one dollar bills get left in pockets and thrown in the wash more than any other bill. There are actual blue and red silk fibers woven through it.

The government uses a special ink when printing its bills and keeps the ink blend top secret to confuse counterfeiters. The symbols are printed in this ink and then the bills are starched to keep them water resistant and get them crisp.

The United States Treasury Seal is on the front of the bill. At the top of the bill are the scales that represent a balance, which specifically means a balanced budget. In the center of the seal is a tool used by carpenters called a T-square. This tool ensures a straight, even cut. This represents honesty and straight forwardness from the government. At the bottom is a key, representing the key to the United States Treasury.



On the back of the dollar bill there are two circles. These circles represent the Great Seal Of the United States. The First Continental Congress requested that Benjamin Franklin come up with a Seal. It took him four years to come up with this Seal and another two years to get it approved. If you look at the left hand circle, you will see a Pyramid. The face is lighted and the western side is dark. This represents a country that was just beginning. We had not begun to explore the West and were unsure of what we would do in the west. The Pyramid is UN-capped meaning we were not yet finished with building the United States of America. Inside the capstone you have the all-seeing eye, an ancient symbol for divinity. Benjamin Franklin believed that man couldn't lead the country alone, but a group of men, with the help of God, could do anything.

"IN GOD WE TRUST" is printed on the dollar bill. 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.

Inside the right-hand circle, there is an eagle: this eagle is in every National Cemetery in the United States and is the centerpiece of most hero's monuments. It is the seal of the President of the United States and it is always visible whenever he speaks, yet no one knows exactly what it's symbolism means in regard to the presidency. The Bald Eagle, though, is a symbol for victory because he is not afraid of a storm, he is strong and smart enough to soar above the storm. The eagle does not wear a crown.

We had just broken from the King of England and did not want another king. An interesting note is the shield in front of the eagle is not supported by either the legs or wings. This meant that the country could stand on its own now. The white bar at the top of the shield is the sign of the congress, which is a unifying body in the United States Government. The ribbon in the Eagle's beak says, "E PLURIBUS UNUM", meaning "one nation from many people." Above the Eagle there are thirteen stars representing the thirteen original colonies, and the clouds going away from them meaning any clouds of misunderstanding rolling away. The Eagle holds an olive branch with arrows in his talons. What this means is: the country wants peace, but we will never be afraid to fight to preserve peace.

Thirteen is not an unlucky number for the United States of America. There were 13 original colonies, 13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid on the dollar bill, 13 letters in the Latin above the pyramid, 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 the shield, 13 leaves on the olive branch, 13 fruits, and if you look closely, 13 arrows. Thirteen is certainly a interesting number.

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