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The eye and the pyramid shown on the reverse side of the one-dollar bill are in the Great Seal of the United States. The Great Seal was first used on the reverse of the one-dollar Federal Reserve note in 1935. The Department of State is the official keeper of the Seal. They believe that the most accurate explanation of a pyramid on the Great Seal is that it symbolizes strength and durability. The unfinished pyramid means that the United States will always grow, improve and build. In addition, the "All-Seeing Eye" located above the pyramid suggests the importance of divine guidance in favor of the American cause. The inscription ANNUIT COEPTIS translates as "He (God) has favored our undertakings," and refers to the many instances of Divine Providence during our Government's formation. In addition, the inscription NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM translates as "A new order of the ages," and signifies a new American era.
NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM translates as "A new order of the ages," and signifies a new American era.
Creating an official symbol of the United States was a collaborative effort by America's Founding Fathers that began on July 4, 1776. Finalized on June 20, 1782, the Great Seal is a unique combination of natural elements and universal symbols that continue to convey the original vision of America.