The Back of the Dollar Bill

Have you ever wondered what is on the back (technically, the reverse) of a US dollar bill? The a salient feature of the reverse side of the bill is the Great Seal of the United States, which pictures an eagle on the obverse and an unfinished pyramid on the reverse.

Reverse of the US One Dollar Bill

The obverse of the Great Seal is the Coat of Arms of the United and features an eagle with thirteen arrows in its left talon and an olive branch in its right talon. It clutches a banner reading, E Pluribus Unum, meaning, “From One, Many”.


The reverse of the Great Seal is an unfinished, thirteen-layer pyramid, symbolizing the unfinished nature of our nation, with the eye of Providence watching over the United States. The base of the pyramid reads, MDCCLXXVI, or 1776. Two mottos also appear on the reverse of the Great Seal. First, the words Annuit coeptis, which means, “[He has] approved of our undertakings,” and, second, Novus ordo seclorum, meaning, “a new order for the ages.”



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