STRANGE Secrets In US Money

Where did your money come from? What symbols hide in plain sight on the one
dollar bill? Find out as we look at Strange Secrets In
US Money. This video is brought to you by the Joe Jillions
channel, check out more of our content at the end of this video! Number 10. Where’s George? Dollar bills see such circulation that transactions
often take them across the United States and beyond. The journey of American currency is long and
full of twists and turns, leading to a curiosity in the public as to where that money’s been
and where it’s at…a curiosity that has since been quenched thanks to website By visiting Where’s George?, users can input
their bill’s Serial number to find out where it’s been and report their own location to
update information. This fun feature is reserved just for one
dollar bills, though, and not every bill in circulation has been reported. Number 9. Peace or Conflict
Many symbols appear on the one dollar bill, but few as poetic as the contents filling
the eagle’s talons on the back right side of the bank note. The pose features the national bird clutching
a bundle of arrows and an olive branch in its grip, one in each claw. This image, the Great Seal of the United States,
dates back to 1782, and can be seen today on a number of official documents such as
passports and embassy placards. It was originally used in currency on the
backs of coins, but after 1935, it began to see use on the dollar bill. The significance of the items in its grip
are that they are symbolic of military aggression and diplomatic negotiation, two powers at
odds with one another and yet wielded by the same entity. The eagle, in this instance, symbolizes Congress
and its power to implement both. Number 8. Lucky 13
The number thirteen typically has a negative connotation due to its superstitious relation
to bad luck. Beliefs revolving around the unlucky numeral
run so deep that hotels often avoid owning a thirteenth floor or even a room thirteen. So it might seem worrisome when examining
a one dollar bill as this number appears consistently on the bank note in a variety of ways. You can find it all over the Great Seal, with
olive branch leaves, olive branch fruits, arrows, bars on the shield, and stars over
the eagle all totaling thirteen. The iconic pyramid on the back of the bill
has thirteen steps and even the two latin phrases on the dollar, “E Pluribus Unum” and
“Annuit Coeptis”, both feature thirteen letters! This doesn’t mean your one dollar bills are
cursed though as the reason for this number stretches back to the very beginning of United
States when the country began as thirteen colonies. Number 7. Folded Messages
Symbols decorate U.S. currency entirely, with emblems of patriotism and historical significance
making their way onto every inch of a bill’s surface. But some concealed messages require a bit
more thinking outside the box. Examining the various bills found in America
reveals a somewhat wide array of phrases and words featured on the money. One artist has turned this opportunity into
a form of expression, contorting, twisting, and folding bills to create nearly whatever
phrase he wants. Iconic lines like “Nothing to Fear”, “Resistance
is Futile” and “Don’t Tread On Me” make up Dan Tague’s catalog. As an artist, Tague draws on current events,
politics, famous slogans, and popular music for inspiration to craft messages that reflect
America from the very fuel that drives it. His work can be found on public display at
exhibitions and collections around the world, as well as online for purchase. But just because he’s an expert at the technique
doesn’t mean you can’t try this yourself at home. With all the possibilities, you may even find
a new folded phrase entirely. Number 6. Roman Numerals & Latin Language
While much of American history has been told through the portrayal of English-speaking
forefathers, much of the symbolism found on government property like architecture, documents,
seals, and elsewhere features Latin phrases and Roman numbering. For example, under the unfinished pyramid
on the back of the dollar bill are the roman numerals MDCCLXXVI, which translate to 1776,
the birth date of America. The Latin mottos adorning the bill represent
the righteousness and fateful path of the United States since its inception. The pyramid features two statements: “Annuit
Coeptis” and “Novus Ordo Seclorum”, which roughly translate to “God has favored our
undertaking” and “a New World Order” respectively. Then, along the eagle’s banner in the Great
Seal, the phrase “E Pluribus Unum” speaks to the unity of the country with the statement
“out of many, one”. As a republic, many of the nation’s principles
derive from the Roman republic, and as such, the use of Latin and Roman symbols pays homage
to America’s predecessors…along with giving the presentation a bit more prestige. Number 5. Federal Reserve
America’s money is produced in the Federal Reserve, which is America’s central banking
system. Individual Federal Reserve Banks can be found
across the country, with twelve in total occupying distinct regions of the nation. These Federal banks reside in the following
cities, from East to West coast: Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Richmond,
Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Dallas, and San Francisco. These locations collectively print billions
of notes a year, and perhaps surprisingly, each one is printed with a specific indicator
of their origin city. That means no matter which of the individual
notes you might receive, you’ll always be able to figure out the bank that produced
it and it’s as simple as knowing your A-B-Cs! Lettered A1 through L12, these designations
can be found on the face of each bill, whether one dollar or one hundred. They each correspond to one of the Federal
Reserve’s banks, beginning from the East coast heading West. Number 4. Faces & Forms
Some of the secrecy revolving around the design of U.S. money comes from the shapes, forms,
and oddities seen when deeply scrutinizing the bill’s surface. Each bill contains a net-like pattern tracing
the outside of the bill in a three-dimensional form, and the intricacies of its structure
have lead many to find hidden forms in plain sight. One such symbol is the Maltese Cross, an emblem
associated with the chivalric order of the Knights of Malta. It appears behind the word and number one
in the top left corner of the back of a single bill. This is often tossed up to coincidence by
most, but the reach of the organization is still somewhat widespread today, albeit in
the name of public service and religious promotion. Another form seen in the dollar’s design is
the Hindu goddess Shiva. Near the bottom left side of the back of the
bill is a form that vaguely resembles the “Destroyer” deity with her traditional hair
in a bun. But classically, the United States has shown
little influence and connection with the Eastern religion, so this one is most likely pure
chance. One other popular visual spotted on the one
dollar bill is what appears to be a face in the stones of the pyramid. The supposed eyes, mouth, and jawline of the
form have caught on with internet users for its strange similarity to the popular “forever
alone” meme. Number 3. Incomplete Pyramid
On the reverse side of the dollar bill is the other half of the Great Seal of the United
States in the form of the iconic unfinished pyramid. It began to see use with the adoption of the
Great Seal in 1782 due to the popularity of “pendant seals” at the time, all of which
had two sides. Stated initially as a symbol of America’s
assumed “strength and duration”, this imagery was plainly inspired by the great pyramids
of Egypt. The forefathers of the American Revolution
saw themselves as architects of a sort, having laid the foundation for the construction of
a great nation. Hence the pyramid left unfinished. But atop this emblematic structure is something
in place of a pointed top: The Eye of Providence. Closely tied to the secret society known as
the Freemasons, The Eye of Providence is a Christian depiction of the eye of God, but
it has deeper meaning when combined with the Masonry belief that the creator is the Great
Architect of the Universe. Add this with the unfinished Pyramid and other
architectural metaphors within the symbol and it’s easy to see why many take this as
a clue of the Freemasons involvement in the origin of the United States. Number 2. Enigmatic Symbol
Much of the layered symbolism on U.S. currency is deep, meaningful, and can be easily traced
back to its origin with a little historical knowledge and cryptology know-how. But one strange symbol that has shown up on
the one dollar bill isn’t quite as clear-cut as the rest. In the top right corner of the one dollar
bill, near the top left corner of the crest surrounding the number 1 is a small form unnoticeable
on first glance. But with the help of a magnifying glass, you
can get a clearer picture of what appears to either be a spider or an owl, according
to most. An owl could make sense to some, as those
who’ve already bought into the Freemasonry relation would recognize the secret society’s
commonly used bestial icon. Others, though, see the spider, especially
given how much of the design around the edge of dollar bills bears a resemblance to webbing. But one other hypothesis about this symbol
sounds a bit more believable. The web-like design creates little peaks,
as can be seen in a couple places at the bottom of the one dollar bill. The very tip of one of these pinnacles is
all that sticks out from behind the crest surrounding the number one, thus creating
the illusion of a small bird or insect peeking over the ledge! Number 1. Security Features
To safeguard against counterfeiting, the Federal government has equipped individual bills with
some security measures that can be easily identified. While most denominations have some means of
validating authenticity, the hundred dollar bill has the most protection. It has features such as a 3D ribbon woven
into the paper from front to back, a portrait watermark of Benjamin Franklin, color shifting
ink, raised print lettering, and a security thread that runs through the bill that turns
visibly pink in UV light. Comparatively, the one dollar bill has nearly
zero security measures, though the cost to make a counterfeit would in most cases outweigh
its worth! If you liked the video please give it a thumbs
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