What's all that stuff on the back of a dollar bill?

One of the earliest entreaties for knowledge received by mrlucky has proven to be a pesky one. Thanks to Vince's donation of a critical volume to the Foundation's library, though, mrlucky faces the new year prepared to respond to...oh my stars and garters, it's Jamie again! This is turning into The Menacing Pepper Lounge Newsletter. Sorry. The question was, "What is all the stuff on the back of the U.S. dollar bill?"

Well, it's mostly green, but I suppose you want more detail. Letís leave out the obvious and irrelevant, such as the filigree (which makes the note harder to copy or counterfeit), and the twelve various Ďonesí (including the roman numeral I under the pyramid and the Latin word unum). The national motto, "In God We Trust" didnít appear until the 1957 series of Silver Certificates, after an Act of Congress in 1955.

The major adornment on the back of a single is the Great Seal of the United States, designed by a committee consisting of Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. It first appeared on the back of the 1935 series of $1.00 Silver Certificates. Both sides of the Seal had never before appeared on any U.S. money. I will now quote at length from Kenneth Bressettís Guide Book Of United States Currency, 2nd Edition, Ďcause heís really specific.

The obverse of the Great Seal is the familiar American eagle with a shield, holding an olive branch in one talon and arrows in the other. Above are thirteen stars and the Latin motto "E Pluribus Unum." (Out of many, one.)

The reverse of the Great Seal shows an unfinished pyramid, surmounted by an eye in a triangular glory. The pyramid bears in Roman numerals the year of the Declaration of Independence, 1776. Above the eye is the Latin motto "Annuit Coeptis," rendered as "He (God) favored our undertakings." The motto at the bottom is "Novus Ordo Seclorum" and is translated as "A new order of the ages." The eye and triangular glory represent an all seeing Deity. The pyramid is the symbol of strength; its unfinished condition denotes the belief of the Sealís designers that there was yet work to be done. Both mottoes on the reverse are condensations of excerpts from Virgilís Aeneid.

That would be it, except for the fact that there are those who see in the Great Seal baroque and sinister symbolism, most often linked to the ancient secret society of the Illuminati. To bring the unknowing up to speed on this Mother Of All Conspiracies, I will quote at length from Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilsonís The Illuminatus Trilogy. I trust youíll enjoy this smattering of sublime paranoiac revelation.

"If you want to know the extent of their control," Simon told Joe,..."take a dollar bill out of your wallet and look at it....First of all, look at that face on the front...It isnít Washington at all, itís Weishaupt. Compare it with any of the early, authentic pictures of Washington and youíll see what I mean.

"And when you turn the bill over, the first thing you see is the Illuminati pyramid. Youíll notice it says seventeen seventy-six on it, but our government was founded in seventeen eighty-eight. Supposedly, the seventeen seventy-six is there because thatís when the Declaration of Independence was signed. The real reason is that seventeen seventy-six is the year Weishaupt revived the Illuminati. And why do you suppose the pyramid has seventy-two segments in thirteen layers?

"Seventy-two is the cabalistic number for the Holy Unspeakable Name of God, used in all black magic, and thirteen is the number in a coven," Simon explains. "Thatís why."

"And hereís one of their jokes," Simon adds. "Over the eagleís head, do you dig that Star of David? They put that one inóone six-pointed Jewish star, made up of all the five-pointed starsójust so some right-wing cranks could find it and proclaim it as proof that the Elders of Zion control the Treasury and the Federal Reserve.

"And look at the eagle," Simon says. "Look real close. That ainít really no olive branch in his left claw, baby. Thatís our old friend Maria Juana. You never really looked at a dollar bill before, did you?"

The passage goes on about the real symbolism of the Pyramid being alchemical, or Tantric, or Rosicrucian, and the eye...oh, never mind. Add the dollar bill to the list of secret conspiracies that pepper the landscape of human history, and feel free to give me all your bucks if these revelations disturb you.

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