October 26, 2018
On October 23, Russian President Vladimir – following his meeting with U.S. National Security Adviser, John Bolton -- poked fun at the official seal of the United States, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. Did Putin know what was on the back of a one-dollar bill? Do you?

What is all that stuff on the back of a dollar bill?

  • The two large circular symbols are the front and back of the Great Seal of the United States.
  • The front of the seal is the American bald eagle. With its right talon (or claws), the eagle holds an olive branch, which symbolizes peace. The branch has 13 berries and 13 leaves, which represent the original colonies.
  • The other talon holds 13 arrows, which represent war. The eagle’s head is turned toward the olive branch, showing a desire for peace.
  • The top of the shield represents Congress, the head of the eagle, the Executive branch and the nine tail feathers, the Judiciary branch of government. The 13-letter Latin motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” on the ribbon held in the eagle’s beak means, “Out of Many, One.”
  • The back of the seal is the pyramid with 1776 in roman numerals at the base – the year America first declared its independence.
  • The pyramid is unfinished, meaning that the United States is still growing.
  • The sunburst and weird eyeball above the pyramid represent the overseeing eye of God. The 13-letter Latin motto, “Annuit Coeptis” means, “He has favored our undertakings.”  
  • Below the pyramid the motto, “Novus Ordo Seclorum” translates to, “A new order of the age.” No one knows for sure what that means, but let’s be sure to ask for fries.