Saturday, November 17, 2007

What do the things on our money mean? CBS Saturday show

Pyramid and eye -
pyramid symbol represent strength and durability
13 steps on pyramid represent 13 colonies
the unfinished pyramid - future growth of the nation
eye "the eye of providence" on pyramid

great seal of united states
latin word e pluribus unum means "out of many, one" - many states, but one country
annuit coeptis "he has favored our undertakings" referring to god
novus ordo seclorum "new order of the ages"

in god we trust phrase - coins/bills
phrase on coins since late 1800, not on bills until 1957
congress made it our national mono - president eisenhower signed it as a law requiring it on all currency

$1 bills last in circulation on average for 2 years while less common bills such as $100 bill last in circulation up to 7 years

ben franklin and alexander hamilton ($10 bill) are non-presidents on money
no one alive can be on any money