How To EXPLAIN The Eye and Pyramid On Our Dollar Bills

First of all despite the fact that conspiracy theories abound about the dollar bill’s eye and pyramid. the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in downtown Washington has pointed out that although some of the founding fathers were Masons, and the eye is a Masonic symbol. It was actually added by an engraver who wasn’t a Mason.

“The official term is that’s the eye of providence. The eye of God, in some general way,” says Steven Bullock, a history professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Eye of Providence or the all-seeing eye of God is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle.

It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (or divine providence). In the modern era, the most notable depiction of the eye is the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States, which appears on the United States one-dollar bill.

And that pyramid has an explanation, too. “The pyramid was seen as the kind of human structure that lasted out the ages,” says Bill Ellis, a professor emeritus of American Studies at Penn State.

Basically the founding fathers wanted the country to last as long as the pyramids, however, the pyramid and eye were originally part of our Great Seal, but in 1935 FDR added them to the dollar at the urging of One day in 1934, Secretary of Agriculture Henry A. Wallace.



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