Symbols and myths of the us dollar bill

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Symbols of the dollar bill

On the front of the bill is a stamp of the U.S treasury department that includes a scale, which represents justice, a key, which represents authority, and thirteen stars to represent the thirteen colonies.

On the back of the bill are two circles, which together make the seal for the United States. In one circle is a pyramid where the face is lighted but the west side is dark. This represents that America was still a new nation and did not explore the west yet. The pyramid is also uncapped which represents that America is not yet finished and will always grow, improve, and build. In the capstone, an "all seeing eye" is a symbol for divinity. The pyramid itself represents strength and duration. The writing above the pyramid, ANNUIT COEPTIS, means god has favored our undertaking. Benjamin Franklin believed that one man could not do anything alone and that a group of men with the help of God could do it.

Below the pyramid is written NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM, which means a new order for the world. Because America was ridding itself of kings and monarchs as in England, they considered themselves a new order for the ages. At the base of the pyramid is the Roman numeral for 1776.

In the other circle is a bald eagle, which represents something of uniquely American origin. It also means victory and independence because the eagle is not afraid of a storm and it is strong brave and smart enough to fly above it. The shield in front of the eagle is unsupported. This represents that America should rely on their own virtue. Covering the shield is red and white stripes with a blue bar over it, which represents congress. The color red represents hardiness...