It has the oldest design of any bill in circulation

Secret design of the $1 dollar bill


If you look very closely at the $1 bill, you will notice a few interesting things tied to the number “13” in reference to the original 13 colonies. There are…

  • 13 different representations of the number 13 on the bill
  • 13 stars above the eagle
  • 13 steps on the pyramid
  • 13 vertical bars on the shield
  • 13 horizontal stripes on the top of the shield
  • 13 leaves and 13 berries on the olive branch in one of the eagle’s talons, and in its other there are 13 arrows
  • 13 characters in “1776” and its Roman Numeral equivalent “MDCCLXXVI”
  • 13 letters in “ANNUIT COEPTIS” and 13 letters in “E PLURIBUS UNUM”

There are also 13 segments to the worm-looking things that come off the sides of either circle on the back of the bill. On the front of the bill, on the Department of Treasury seal, there are 13 stars above the key. Many people claim to find sets of 13 other items on both the front and back of the bill.


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