Fun Facts about U.S. Money

I recently wrote a post about money and the value of the dollar (read it here). I thought it would be fun for this Fun Friday to show you some interesting characteristics of the United States’ dollar bills.

Here are some interesting facts:1

    • While many bills in circulation have gotten makeovers throughout the last 20 years, the $1 bill has not changed since 1963. 
    • The $1 bill has the largest quantity in circulation of all the bills, following closely behind is the $100 bill. Both have over 11 billion bills in circulation each.
    • Because of the anti-counterfeit design, the $100 bill costs 15.5 cents per bill to produce, compared to the $1 bill cost of 5.4 cents per bill.


Symbols used on the bills:1

    • War and peace are represented by the eagle holding an olive branch and arrows.
    • The number 13 is represented many places for the original colonies (13 is also an important Freemason symbol): 13 arrows held by the eagle’s talon, 13 stripes and stars within the seal containing the eagle, 13 roman numerals at the base of the pyramid, and thirteen steps on the pyramid.
    • The large Roman numeral at the base of the pyramid stands for 1776, the date the Declaration of Independence was signed.
    • The mysterious eye will always be a good discussion point. Many think it represents the all seeing all knowing government of ours. There is a connection with this thought to a symbol of the secret society, the Freemasons (the Columbian faction of the Illuminati secret society). Some say it represents the eye of God (or the Egyptian God Horus, which is the newborn son of God, watching over America with its rays of light). 2
    • Looking behind the one on the corners of the one dollar bill you can see the webs make a windmill or cross-like shape behind it. Some suspect that the shape is a Maltese Cross representing the Knights of Malta.2 The Knights of Malta were a religious order that fled to America when Napoleon captured the Island of Malta in 1798. There are still 13,500 knights (men and women) today. 3
    • The tiny owl in the top right corner (some say it’s a spider) in the web is suspected to represent the Bavarian Illuminati secret society, because they allegedly use the wise owl in their secret meetings.

There is also another symbol created by the webs on the back of the 1 dollar bill. In the lower left corner, many suspect the intentional placement of the Hindu god known as Shiva.


Protecting the bills from counterfeit is no small feat. Here are a few ways the one-hundred dollar bill is protected.4

        • Color shifting ink – the Liberty Bell and the 100 on the bill shifts from copper to green.
        • Coloring that is off on any part of the bill would signal a fake; an example is to look at the Treasury seal compared to the color of the serial number. Another example appears when looking at the portraits. A real bill will have a distinctive color to the portrait slightly different from the rest of the bill.
        •  An iodine-based pen will cause its mark on a real bill to turn yellow, but if it is counterfeit, it will turn black or blue. Different starch content in the paper cases this to happen.
        • There is ample use of watermarks; you can see hidden numbers and faces when holding a bill to the light.
        •  A 3-D security ribbon is used within the one-hundred dollar bill and is seen when held to the light. The strip is woven into the fabric.


Those are your fun facts about the bills Americans use on a daily basis. Consider keeping some cash around to use so that you can see some of these symbols discussed above. 😉 That reminds me, how’s the no credit card challenge going for you? 







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