I've seen alot of pessimism in this forum towards associating symbols, design, or meaning, when it comes to suggesting there is an Illuminati link in
things like this.
Recently after having a renewed interest in researching the mysteries behind the illuminati, i remembered all the talk about the $1 bill, dont worry!,
im not here to talk about that
But it did make me think of looking at designs of currency going back many years, and wondered what symbolism, if any would or could be found.
I did do a search and found a bit about the present great seal, but couldn't find anything on preliminary designs, also everyone knows about the $1
bill, which im sure has been debated to death too, but again, i couldn't find anything looking back further, at designs that went on currency way
I will start by posting the preliminary designs of the great seal, i believe illuminati symbolism is massively adopted in these designs, the source
from which i found these, strongly disagrees.
The Pyramid & Eye on the reverse side was not designed by Freemasons. What's more, this misunderstood symbol is becoming a casualty of lore:
abused by fiction writers; commandeered by conspiracy theorists; trivialized by the media as a background image on the evening financial news.
The Reverse Side of the Great Seal is not a Masonic Symbol
The unfinished pyramid with an eye in its zenith is an original and revolutionary American design created in 1782 as part of the official sign of
sovereignty, the emblem that represents the United States and its citizens. Prior to 1782, this imagery was not used as a symbol by any
Together, the two sides of the Great Seal are a unique combination of images from nature (eagle, olive branch, stars, cloud, light rays, eye) and
culture (pyramid, arrows, shield). But no one has an exclusive association with any of these symbols.
Designing the Great Seal involved three committees, six years, and several of America's most gifted founders who represented diverse experiences and
points-of-views. But only four men actually contributed elements to the final design. And they were not Freemasons. Their names are linked below.
Members of the Great Seal Design Committees
* Definitely a Mason: Benjamin Franklin.
* Definitely not Masons: John Adams and Charles Thomson.
* No firm evidence of a Masonic connection, although allegations of such a
connection have been noted: Thomas Jefferson*, James Lovell, Francis
Hopkinson, Arthur Middleton, and John Rutledge.
* No records at all, so presumably not Masons: Pierre Du Simitière, John Morin
Scott, William Church Houston, Arthur Lee, Elias Boudinot, and William Barton
(although he has at times been confused with another William Barton who was a
"It seems likely that the designers of the Great Seal and the Masons took their symbols from parallel sources, and unlikely that the seal designers
consciously copied Masonic symbols with the intention of incorporating Masonic symbolism into the national coat of arms."
Im not so sure i agree with the above, are they correct in assuming those people were not Freemasons?
More from the above article linked below, arguing against the fact of any meaning or connection to freemasonry, or the illuminati.
Continuation of above article.
So i shall present some of the preliminary designs for the great seal i found, its a massive subject, with so much history behind it, and opinions as
to the meaning of them to post all here now, but the whole point of this post is to draw on the knowledge of fellow ATS'ers here, who will know far
more about this than i, and i appreciate all input.
For those who think this is all a waste of time, don't waste your time flaming this post.
And an explanation of what we can see, again if anyone with more knowledge on the meanings of illuminati symbolism, please add your version of what
we are seeing, im aware of some of the meanings, but want to hear an experts opinion on these.
Supporting the Shield on its right side: "The Goddess of Liberty in a corslet of armour alluding to the present Times, holding in her right hand
the Spear & Cap and with her left supporting the Shield of the states." On its left side: "The Goddess of Justice bearing a Sword in her right
hand, and in her left a Balance." * Du Simitière's sketch differs from the above description approved by Congress: 1) In the sketch, the
Goddess of Liberty's left hand rests "on an anchor, emblem of Hope." The anchor was removed. * 2) The left supporter sketched is: "Senester,
an American Soldier, compleatly accoutred in his hunting Shirt and trowsers, with his tomahawk, powder horn, pouch &c. holding with his left hand his
rifle gun rested, and the Shield of the States with his right." He was replaced with the Goddess of Justice.
"Pharaoh sitting in an open Chariot, a Crown on his head and a Sword in his hand, passing through the divided Waters of the Red Sea in Pursuit of
the Israelites: Rays from a Pillar of Fire in the Cloud, expressive of the divine Presence and Command, beaming on Moses who stands on the shore and
extending his hand over the Sea causes it to overwhelm Pharaoh."
The same day Congress received the committee's report, it was "Ordered, To lie on the table." In other words, Congress was unimpressed by their
design. Two of its design elements, however, were chosen for the final Great Seal: the eye of Providence and the motto E Pluribus Unum.
Also, some of the meaning of Franklin's motto is seen in the one eventually used above the radiant eye on the reverse side of the Great Seal: Annuit
Coeptis (Providence has Favored Our Undertakings).
The shield of thirteen diagonal white and red stripes is supported on its right by a warrior holding a sword and on its left by a figure
representing Peace bearing an olive branch. The crest is a radiant constellation of thirteen stars. The motto beneath the shield, "Bello vel Paci,"
means: For war or for peace.
On the reverse side, Liberty is seated in a chair holding an olive branch and her staff is topped by a Liberty cap. The motto "Virtute
perennis" means "Everlasting because of virtue." The date in Roman numerals is 1776. Like the first committee's design, Congress did not
consider the second committee's suitable, thus did not approve it.
The shield is supported on its right by the "Genius of the American Confederated Republic" represented by a maiden, and on its left by an
American warrior. At the top is an eagle and on the pillar in the shield is a "Phoenix in Flames*." Upper motto: "In Vindiciam Libertatis" ([In
Defense of Liberty). Lower motto: "Virtus sola invicta" (Only virtue unconquered).
Barton said, "the Dove (perched on the right Hand of the Genius of America) is emblematical of Innocence and Virtue." And... the "Pyramid
signifies Strength & Duration."
"the Phoenix is emblematical of the expiring Liberty of Britain, revived by her Descendants, in America." Earlier there had been a mythical phoenix
on South Carolina's five-shillings note (left) issued in April 1778.
He had designed a more intricate design before this one, using a different bird, a rooster, does that bird have any connection or symbolic meaning for
(Barton used another bird, a rooster, at the top of his first design which was even more complex than the one suggested by the third committee.)
Upper motto: "Deo Favente" – With God's Favor (lit., God Favoring) Lower motto: "Perennis" – Everlasting (lit., Through the Years)
Also i find these comments by Barton very interesting.
We almost had a palm tree instead of the eye at the top of the pyramid! Barton explained the symbolism: "The Palm Tree, when burnt down to the
very Root, naturally rises fairer than ever." But he struck out that sentence, like he did in the above description.
Is he subliminally referring to the illuminati??
For the reverse side Barton suggested a pyramid of thirteen steps with a radiant eye above it. His sketch was undoubtedly influenced by the
pyramid on the $50 Continental Currency note designed in 1778 by Francis Hopkinson, the heraldry consultant and artist on the second Great Seal
And here's the sketch drawn two years earlier.
And here is the final drawing, with the reverse being the familiar unfinished pyramid.
So there you go, i hope these images interest you as much as they did me.
If anyone can explain any of these drawings, symbols, that connect to any illuminati meanings, please post!
I will add images of old (US) currency, going back to the very first drafts, of notes that went into circulation in my next post here.
[edit on 18-5-2009 by Denied]