The One Dollar Bill: A Little Masonic History Book
Oct 26, 2004
The following was found published anonymously and distributed at a college campus.
All of the symbols on the one dollar bill have an historical connection with the oldest, largest, and most prominent
secret society in the world, the Freemasons.
Freemasonry’s origin predates the American Revolution. Early in the 18th century the British Empire in its quest for
world power needed a covert intelligence gathering agency with effective access to the people of Europe. Masonic
lodges, which were basically Catholic institutions for building cathedrals, schools, and other structures were widely
in use across Europe during the Middle Ages. About 1717 the British Secret Intelligence Service began to systematically
purge the ranks of Masonry of Catholic influences. Covert intelligence gathering was hidden from rank and file Masons
behind stories of Jewish antiquities and Christian Knighthood along with the “occult” cover of a multitude of
mysterious degrees on initiation.
During the 18th century Freemasonry was always “patriotic” in Great Britain, but in America and France Freemasonry was
a primary revolutionary force. Britain’s token resistance to the American Revolution allowed “New Age (Novus Ordo
Seclorum)” Deists and Freemasons to install a Masonic republic in North America complete with “checks and balances”
designed to make it subservient to the money power of the Bank of England.
Freemasonry is an unofficial branch of the governments of Great Britain and the United States, and these governments
see to it that the subject of Freemasonry is not discussed in the school systems. After young men and sometimes women
demonstrate that they can keep the harmless secrets of Masonic ceremonies, passwords and signs they become prime
candidates for key positions in government agencies.
In order to become a Mason one must first win the approval of a Mason and be sponsored in as a first degree, Entered
Apprentice. Later one can advance to the second degree called Fellow Craft. After rising to third degree, Master
Mason status one can obtain additional degrees by choosing to go the route of the Scottish Rite or he may take the
other fork on the Masonic road by “traveling” along the York Rite.
Let’s go ahead and examine the symbols on the one dollar bill and find the hidden Masonic influence. The largest
symbol on the dollar bill is the portrait of George Washington. Masons for many years have taken great pride in the
fact that George Washington was an ardent Mason. He was a member of two lodges (plural membership being permitted in
Virginia), he was the charter Master of Alexandria Lodge, later changed to Alexandria-Washington Lodge. He took his
oath of office as President of the United States on the Bible of St. John’s Lodge of New York City, and took part in
Masonic ceremonies in laying the corner stone of the capital in Washington, D.C.
In the Great Seal of the United States, as pictured on the back of the one dollar bill, is an eagle whose right wing
has 32 feathers, the number of ordinary degrees in Scottish Rite Freemasonry. The left wing has 33 feathers, the
additional feather corresponding to the Thirty-Third Degree of the Scottish Rite conferred for outstanding Masonic
service. The 9 feathers in the tail correspond to the nine degrees in the York Rite.
The Great Seal of the United States.
The eagle is a symbol of St. John the Evangelist, the great patron of Freemasonry. The arrows in its left talon refer
to King David, a man of many wars and of much bloodshed. The olive branch in its right talon, the peaceful reign of
Solomon who built the temple at Jerusalem. The 13 stars above the eagle’s head represent Jacob and his 12 sons or
tribes of Israel and form the star of David which reminds a Masons of King David’s dream of building a temple which
his son King Solomon finally realized. The 13 stars, in double triangular form and one in the center, are symbolical
of the delivery of the children of Israel from their oppressors and their attainment to a glorious freedom. The latin
inscription “E Pluribus Unum” (one composed of many) indicates brotherhood to the Masonic fraternity.
The unfinished pyramid showing two sides of thirteen layers is entirely Masonic. At the top of the pyramid inside a
radiant triangle is the all-seeing eye of Providence that indicates that the Grand Architect (the Masonic term for
God) is omnisciently and providentially watching mankind. The pyramid is Egyptian in origin and form, and a free
interpretation of its symbolism reads: As the Israelites were delivered from bondage in the land of the Pharaohs
and the pyramids of Egypt, so we are now free in our own country, and hereafter we will build for ourselves.
"In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. coins after 1864 when Congress passed an Act authorizing the coinage of a
two-cent piece bearing this motto. It was first printed on the one dollar bill in 1957 in compliance with an act of
July 11, 1953 requiring that the motto be placed on all coins and currency as new dies were adopted. In 1856 the
84th Congress decreed “In God We Trust” to be the national motto of the United States replacing “E Pluribus Unum.”
Since 1963 all denominations of money come inscribed with “In God We Trust.” The motto “In God We Trust” is truly
Masonic. Every candidate on his initiation is required to declare that his trust is in God. He who denies the
existence of a Supreme Being is debarred from privilege of initiation, for atheism is a disqualification for
The United States Treasury Seal with its balance scale, key, and chevron is a distinguishing feature of
American currency. It has appeared on every piece of paper money since 1862. The Treasury Seal, one might
say, is the final stamp of approval that insures the legality of the currency. Combined with the expressed
authority of the government and two signatures, it notarizes the contract, so to speak, made between the United
States and the holders of its currency.
At the top of the Treasury Seal is a balance scale. Among the ancients a balance, or pair of scales, was a
well-known recognized symbol of justice and fair dealing. This symbol is also recognized by Masonry in the
degree of Prince of Jerusalem, the 16th degree in the Scottish Rite.
The Seal used on the first one dollar bill in 1862 had a Mason’s set square not a chevron. Until 1893 two
treasury Seals were used, one with the Mason’s square and another with a chevron. Between the years 1893 and
1968 a Treasury Seal with only the Mason’s square was exclusively used. In 1968 the Masonic square was
discontinued and afterwards only a chevron has been depicted between the scale and key.
The Treasurer is an officer found in all Masonic bodies whose duty it is to take charge of the funds and pay
them out under proper regulations. He is simply the banker of the Lodge or Chapter and has nothing to do with
the collection of money which should be made by the Secretary. The Treasurer’s jewel (symbolic of Masonic office)
is a key as a symbol that he controls the money chest of the Masonic Lodge.
Freemasonry is sometimes though of as being religious. Its lodges have alters (sic), use the Bible and other
sacred books, prayers are said, and one of their officers is called a chaplain. But to call Freemasonry a
religion helps disguise its function as a recruiting depot, intelligence gathering “all-seeing eye,” and public
“attitude” monitoring system for the American and British secret intelligence services. Freemasonry supplies
the mortar (insider knowledge) and bricks (“enlightened” people) that are part of the foundation which supports
the world’s financial ruling elite.