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Facts About the One Dollar Bill

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

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Did you know:

o that the 1st one dollar notes were issued by the Federal Government in 1862. They featured a portrait of Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase?

o that the first use George Washington’s portrait on one dollar notes was on the 1869 United States Notes?

o that the inclusion of “In God We Trust” on all currency was required by law in 1955. It first appeared on paper money in 1957, on one dollar Silver Certificates, and on all Federal Reserve Notes starting in 1963?

o that the first one dollar Federal Reserve Notes were issued in 1963. It had George Washington on the face and the Great Seal on the back? This remains unchanged.

o that of all the notes printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, one dollar notes make up 45% of all currency made?

o that the life span of a one dollar bill is 21 months?

o that the face and back designs of all U.S. paper currency, except the backs of the one and two dollar bills were adopted in 1928?

o that George Washington is on the one dollar bill, Thomas Jefferson is on the $2, Abraham Lincoln is on the $5, Alexander Hamilton is on the $10, Andrew Jackson is on the $20, Ulysses Grant is on the $50, and Benjamin Franklin is on the $100?

o that notes of higher denominations, while no longer produced featured William McKinley on the $500, Grover Cleveland on the $1000, James Madison on the $5000, and Salmon Chase on the $10,000?

o Faceplate Numbers and Letters are the small numbers and letters that can be found in the lower right and upper left corners of a bill?

o In the left corner of the dollar bill is the Note Position Number? This consists of the Note Position Letter and a quadrant number. The Note Position Letter is followed by the Plate Serial Number. This identifies the plate the note was printed from. The Plate Serial Number for the back side of the note is in the lower-right corner.

o that bills that have a small “FW” in the lower right corner on the front of the bill indicate that the bill was printed at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing’s Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas?

All of these things contribute to what the dollar is today. You probably haven’t thought much about The Great Seal or the Note Position Letter and Plate Serial Number. If you take a closer look at that dollar in your pocket, you can trace it back to its exact location on the plate it was printed from. It may not be top on your list of things to do when you’re paying for your cup of coffee but someone could certainly track this dollar to its roots if they wanted to. Take a look, you might find something interesting yourself!

The Owl, the Great Seal and the Freemasons

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

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pyramid great sealEver since someone tried to link the Great Seal of the United States to the Freemasons, the Great Seal has taken on a life of its own. Since that time, the Great Seal has been examined in excruciating detail and some surprising theories have been sent out into the Universe.

Someone, who obviously had a lot of time on their hands, discovered that if you draw a hexagram over the reverse side of the Great Seal the letters in the 5 points spell out the word “Mason”. These letters also spell out other words, but those words aren’t any fun because no hidden meaning can be found within them, well, at least not yet.

There’s also been much fussing, fighting and controversy surrounding the webbing in the background of the dollar bill. Some people claim to have found a spider or owl in the top left of the number “1” in the border.

This is probably just your eyes playing tricks on you, but some people aren’t so sure. They claim the owl is symbol of the Freemasons. The Freemasons do use an owl, but they didn’t start to use this symbol years after the first dollar bill was printed.

Conspiracy theorists will argue that may be true, but it could have been added during one of the changes in design or a new series had to be printed because of the change of Secretary of the Treasury. This could be true, who’s to say.

If an owl was in the original design chances are it was put there to signify wisdom, not the Freemasons. Yet the debate rages on.

Another popular theory is that the owl is the mascot of the Bohemian Grove, a summer retreat for the elite in powerful in California. This group is really nothing more than a bunch of businesspeople who get together to set aside their concerns and worries about their businesses and bond together in a spirit of togetherness.

The Bohemian Grove was founded in 1872 and was meant to be a spoof of ceremonies, which could explain why their opening ceremonies are so bizarre. The people in the Bohemian Grove have drawn upon many different traditions and ethnic groups rituals and combined them into one.

So what do you think? Is the owl another sign that the Freemasons are more powerful then anyone realizes or do you believe the owl is just how the webbing comes together at that particular point? What about the Bohemian Grove Society? Are they really a group of powerful people who have designs on taking over the country or are another secret society that secretly runs the country? Or are they just a bunch of businesspeople having a two week vacation?

What about the word Mason? Do you think it’s a coincidence or is there something more to this whole theory? What other words and hidden meanings can you find in those letters or have you found something else? We’d love to hear about it.

The Great Seal - Is There a Hidden Meaning Behind the Pyramid?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

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dollar bill pyramidThe pyramid on the back of the Great Seal of the United States has been a subject of controversy for many years. Some people feel that the eye at the top of the pyramid illuminated by light is a symbol of the Freemasons.

The truth of the matter is that Benjamin Franklin, the only Mason on the first committee, had no final say in the design used. Secondly, none of the designers who did the final design were Freemasons. Yet the debate rages on.

Charles Thomson, who was the Secretary of Congress at the time and William Barton, an artist explained the meaning of the pyramid by saying that it signified strength and duration, and that the eye and the motto was to insure favorable status in support of the American cause and represented the constant presence of God.

If you look closely at the top of the pyramid you will see that it sits above the rest of the pyramid not directly on it. This was meant to symbolize that America was far from finished as a country and was beginning it’s journey into the rest of the world independent from the British.

The shadow of the pyramid was meant to mean undiscovered land that lay to the west, and the sun represented that a new country has been born.

The words Annuit Coeptis above the pyramid means “he/it favors the things having been begun” meaning that God has approved the undertaking of the United States of America.

The words Novus Ordo Seclorum on the ribbon below the pyramid are words taken from Virgil, which roughly translate into the words “a new order of the ages”. This is where a lot of people think that the words “new order” represent the Illuminati secret society that is plotting, a new society and a new world order. It is widely believed among scholars however, that the words are meant to mean a new country has been organized.

So are there hidden meanings to the symbols on the Great Seal of the United States? It’s up to you to decide what to believe. Do you think the founding fathers put hidden meanings in the symbols or do you believe they were just trying to symbolize the birth of a new nation? Are you one of the many who believe the Illuminati Society had a hand in the design of the Great Seal of the United States?

Tell us what you think.

Are There Hidden Symbols in the Front of the Great Seal?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

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dollar bill eagleIf you look at the back of the dollar bill you will see both the front and the back of the Great Seal of the United States.

The front of the seal contains the bald eagle and other symbols. In front of the eagle is a shield which depicts the United States ability to be independent and be on its own. On top of the shield is a blue bar that represents unification of the country by congress.

Above the eagle’s head is 13 stars that represent the original 13 colonies. The number 13 shows up in many places on the seal. For example, there are 13 steps on the pyramid on the back of the seal, 12 stripes at the top of the shield, 13 olive branch leaves, 13 arrows, 13 letters in the words Annuit Coeptis, 12 letters in the words E Pluribus Unum, and 13 berries on the olive branches.

The olive branches clutched tightly in the eagle’s talon represents peace and the arrows in the other talon represents how the original 13 colonies fought for independence.

In the beak of the eagle is a ribbon that has the words “E Pluribus Unum (From, many, one).

The eagle’s head is always turned toward the olive branch on the Great Seal of the United States. This represents the clear desire for peace, but the ability to fight if necessary.

For years scholars, numerologists, and conspiracy theorists have speculated and studied the symbols of the Great Seal of the United States. As for hidden symbols, there really aren’t any. They are all right there in plain sight.

It is not the search for hidden symbols that drive people to spend years researching and studying the dollar bill, it’s the possible hidden meanings behind those symbols. While most scholars agree that the meanings are clear, others believe that secret societies like the Illuminati hid meanings in the symbols as messages and perhaps a forewarning to others.

Other people believe that many of the symbols relate to Freemasons when in actuality Benjamin Franklin was the only Freemason on the committee to design the dollar bill and had no real part in the final design.

What do you think? Do you believe there are hidden meanings behind the symbols on the front of the Great Seal? If so, what do you think those meanings are?