I was an English major in college, so I was  trained in symbology. We never studied the symbology of money, but others have and it can teach you about its past and supposed links to occult groups.

You may have read some fiction that connects secret occult societies, such as the freemasons, with the United States government, and that occult symbols found their way into use on our money.

The Great Seal, featured on the dollar bill, was approved by Congress on 20 June 1782. It appeared on the dollar bill in 1935. The shining eye in the triangle is a common Masonic symbol.

I visited the The George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia, and they guide showed us Freemason President George Washington wearing his Masonic apron with the All Seeing Eye on it.

That eye is an old symbol that can be traced back all the way back to Egyptian mythology and the Eye of Horus. It also appears in Buddhism, where Buddha is also referred to as the “Eye of the World.”

In modern free masonry,  this symbol represents the all-seeing eye of God and is a reminder that a Mason’s thoughts and deeds are always observed by God.

The phrase “Annuit Coeptis” (above the pyramid) means “He [God] has favored our undertaking.” At the base of the pyramid are the Roman numerals (MDCCLXXVI) which gives us the number 1776, the year of American independence. The phrase “Novus Ordo Seclorum” means “New Order of the Ages.” On the pyramid are 13 steps which most likely represents the United States original 13 states.

I am not a student of free masonry. I’m also not a believer in conspiracies in general. But many people are and in our time people have discovered that folding a U.S. $20 bill a couple of different ways produces images that combined with a belief in conspiracies all fit together. Those bill foldings seem to produce a burning World Trade Center and Pentagon buildings after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

So, did the Founding Fathers know about what would happen in 2001? Actually, the current U.S. $20 bill was redesigned in September 1998. Does it show, with a ew folds, a burning Pentagon on one side and the World Trade Center, surrounded by smoke, on the other side?

You can find many conspiracies and refutations of the $20 bill conspiracies. (See and and there are similar ones for the 5-dollar bill (Pentagon before the attacks) and 10-dollar bill (folded it shows the Twin Towers on fire).

Can you really see on the 50-dollar bill the WTC tower collapsing?

And what about additional folding that produces the name Osama?