- Posted October 10, 2009 by
"Owl" on $1 debunked but other hidden patterns found
What’s REALLY in your wallet? $1?
Some urban legends of hidden graphics in US currency don’t hold up as others raise more questions.
There are many symbols on US currency including a pyramid, eagle, and others both obvious and hidden. Meanings of the symbols may be obscure and if not documented at the time, lost to history. Before interpretation of the images we must first recognize the image as something that needs interpretation.
Many “hidden” or unobvious images can be produced by cleaver folds and wishful imagination, like seeing puppies in the clouds, purely a product of our minds trying to identify something as a known objects. Other hidden images may be present as counterfeit safeguards, artistic artifacts unintentionally introduced by the designers cultural background, or possibly real hidden messages and symbols.
Many of the designs and symbols on US currency remained mostly the same from the 1920’s to recent years with obvious and hidden symbols intact. The background on the obverse (front) of the $1 bill was changed when it went from a Silver Certificate in the 50’s to a Federal Reserve Note, giving birth to a new popular hidden image., the “owl” or “spider” that can be found sitting on the obverse upper right shield on the $1 bill. If you look close something really is there, tiny and seemingly hidden, but what is it? Lore suggests it is the “spider” that made the webbing in the background and the artists included it as part of the design. Another theory is that it is an “owl” watching over the dollar in all of its wisdom.
To analyze the “owl” we have to think of the design of the dollar as being multidimensional with layers, a background as wallpaper and pictures imposed over it. Wallpaper is usually a repeating pattern, and although most of the pattern may be obscured, if enough bits are exposed you can extrapolate the entire pattern. I digitally brought all the bits of background together in the computer to reassemble as much of the background as possible and upon examination the “owl” seems to be part of the background behind the shield. A portion of the pattern making up the background protrudes from behind the shield resulting in the owl or spider for us to wonder about. Unfortunately, the owl was just a artifact of the designing process and nothing of mysterious interest… Darn! The background pattern does not appear to contain anything mysterious, however I have not completed the entire background yet. The new obverse background appears to simply be artistic in nature, however the background on the reverse holds a much more intriguing.
Examining the reverse (back) of the $1 bill you can still see the background as it was designed in the 1920’s. Every person involved with the design is long gone but rumors have been going around for nearly 100 years that there was some hidden meaning waiting to be found. I applied the same principle of reconstruction to the background that debunked the owl on the front and something more interesting emerged. On the reverse of the $1 bill there is enough background to complete the entire intricate and geometric pattern.
Within the now exposed pattern of the reverse background known we can begin the subjective task of interpretation. It’s possible that the background is simply artistic, however there does seem to be similarities to Masonic and Templar symbols. Particularly a Cross of the Order of Christ (the group that sprang from the Knights Templar in the 1300’s) a Masonic compass and a Templar star seem to be within the pattern.
Wait until I tell you what I found on the $2 bill!