“Nothing important happened today.”- Diary entry by King George III on July 4, 1776
Little did King George know what was concocting across the Atlantic on that very fateful day. Lucky for us they didn’t have smart phones!
That’s ancient history now, and July 4th has become a day to watch fireworks, relax, and pretty much eat and drink too much. Take this opportunity to do all those things and enjoy your time with your family, it goes much too fast.
What’s on the dollar?
So, here’s an opportunity to impress your family and friends this 4th with your vast knowledge of good olde American finance. Let’s take a look at the Latin translations on the backside of a US dollar bill.
“ANNUIT COEPTIS” means “God has favored our undertaking.” “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM” translates into “A new order has begun.” The Roman numerals at the base of the pyramid are “1776.” The better known “E PLURIBUS UNUM” is “One nation from many people.”
Did you know that our bills are not a type of paper, but cotton? Since 1957, the design for the cotton and linen currency with red and blue silk fibers, holds more than enough symbolism to drive conspiracy theorists over the edge. What’s hiding in there? The all seeing eye, a shaded western face of a pyramid and the number “13” of course.
No it was not Nick Cage from National Treasure who discovered these, we have Free Mason Benjamin Franklin to thank for these cryptic symbols. I’ve always gotten a kick out of the balanced scales in the seal, which must have been our founding fathers wishful thinking for a balanced federal budget. Watch for a new $100 bill coming out in a few months.