U.S. dollar bills have a number of non-obvious security features included to deter counterfeiting. The bills also contain some obscure imagery that has, in some cases, been connected with conspiracy theories and the occult.Continue Reading
As of 2015, the U. S. dollar bills made since 1996 contain a watermark that becomes more visible when the bill is held up to light. The ink used for the numeral on the lower-right corner of the face of the note also appears green when viewed directly but shifts colors to appear black when the bill is viewed from an angle. Security threads, which have the denomination engraved on them, are also embedded in the bill. The security threads of different denominations glow different colors when viewed under ultraviolet light. Microprinted lines that are not visible to the human eye also make the money difficult to copy and print with standard equipment.
The pyramid topped by an eye on bills' reverse side has sometimes been speculated to represent Masonic involvement. The written description of seal designer Charles Thomson indicates that the 13 rows of the pyramid represent the 13 original colonies, however, and that the Latin inscription refers to the poetry of Virgil. In addition, the right talon of the eagle on the front of the seal is considered dominant, so the placement of the olive branch there was done intentionally in the early 1800s to reassure Europe that the United States did not have belligerent tendencies.Learn more about Coins & Currency
A United States $1 bill with a blue seal on it is called a silver certificate and ranges in value from face value for common varieties in normal condition up to $150 for a particular type of 1928 bill in excellent condition, as of 2014. The value of silver certificates depends upon rarity and condition. In the same series of currency, uncirculated bills are worth more than used ones.Full Answer >
According to Old Currency Values, the value of a 1953 $2 bill depends on its type, but they usually range in price from $2.50 to $15. The value of the bill is not just determined by its type but also by the signature combination on the bill itself.Full Answer >
There's no evidence that shows or correspondences that suggest the web-like pattern on the dollar bill are supposed to be spider webs; the pattern may simply be used for aesthetic value. However, some people claim to see a spider on the dollar bill among other things.Full Answer >
The USD (United States Denomination) $5 note features the face of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. On the reverse side, the Lincoln Memorial is featured it its entirety.Full Answer >