Thoughts and Reflections
One Dollar Bill
Take out a one dollar bill. The one dollar bill you're
looking at first came off the presses in 1957 in its
present design. This so-called paper money is in fact
a cotton and linen blend, with red and blue minute silk
fibers running through it. It is actually material.
We've all washed it without it falling apart. A special
blend of ink is used, the contents we will never know.
It is overprinted with symbols and then it is starched
to make it water resistant and pressed to give it that
nice crisp look. If you look on the front of the bill,
you will see the United States Treasury Seal. On the
top you will see the scales for a balanced budget. In
the center you have a carpenter's square, a tool used
for an even cut. Underneath is the Key to the United
That's all pretty easy to figure out,
but what is on the back of that dollar bill is something
we should all know. If you turn the bill over, you will
see two circles. Both circles, together, comprise the
Great Seal of the United States. The First colonies,
13 signers of the Declaration of Independence, 13 stripes
on our flag, 13 steps on the Pyramid, 13 letters in
the Latin above, 13 letters in "E Pluribus Unum", 13
stars above the Eagle, 13 bars on that shield, 13 arrows.
And, for minorities: the 13th Amendment.
I 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 at all. Share this page with someone, so they
can learn what is on the back of the UNITED STATES ONE
DOLLAR BILL, and what it stands for…Otherwise, they
will probably never know.