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Great Seal of the United States

The front of the Great Seal of the United States is the Bald Eagle, and the reverse is the Eye of Providence: an eye on a pyramid. The Great Seal was first publicly revealed in 1782.

Since 1935, both sides of the Great Seal appear on the reverse of the One-Dollar Bill of the United States.

Conspiracy theories abound about the significance of the eye of the pyramid and its relationship to Masonic and Illuminati symbology. While the Masonic origins of the symbol have been debunked, it is interesting that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, a 32nd degree Mason, was the one who put the Great Seal on the one-dollar bill.

Another controversy is about the stars arranged in the shape of the Star of David on the upper half of the seal.

The obverse side of Great Seal is used to emboss the design on international treaties and other official US Government documents. It is stored in the Exhibit Hall of the US Department of State inside a locked glass enclosure. An officer from the State Department does the actual sealing of documents after the US Secretary of State has countersigned the President's signature. It is used 2000 to 2000 times a year.

External Links

The Great Seal (http://www.GreatSeal.com)

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