History lesson for all.
Was Haym Solomon? History from
a $1 Bill-Fascinating!
the rear of the One Dollar bill, you
will see two circles. Together, they
comprise the Great Seal of the United
States . The
First Continental Congress requested
that Benjamin Franklin and a group of
men come up with a Seal. It took those
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.
the face is lighted, and the western side is
dark. This country was just begin-ning. 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,
an 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.
GOD WE TRUST' is on this currency.
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. (MDCCLXXVI)
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 very
few people know what the symbols mean.
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.
were coming together as one nation. In the
Eagle's beak you will read,
PLURIBUS UNUM' meaning, 'from many - one.'
Above the Eagle, you have the 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
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence ,
13 stripes on our flag,
13 steps on the Pyramid,
letters in 'Annuit Coeptis,'
letters in ' E Pluribus Unum,'
stars above the Eagle,
13 bars on that shield,
13 leaves on the olive branch,
fruits, and if you look closely,
And finally, if you notice the arrangement
of the 13 stars in the right-hand circle you will
see that they are arranged as a Star of David.
was ordered by George
Washington who, when he asked Haym Solomon, a
wealthy Philadelphia Jew, what he would like as a
personal reward for his services to the Continental
Army, Solomon said he wanted nothing for
himself but that he would like something for his
Star of David was the result. Few people know that it
was Solomon who saved the Army through his financial
contributions but died a pauper.
Solomon gave $25 million to the Continental Army, money
that was extremely important to our independence from
always ask people, 'Why don't you know this?' Your
children don't know this, and their history teachers
don't know this. Too many 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
I, for one, plan to share this page with
everyone, so that they can learn what is on the back
of the UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL, and what it