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The Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill
A Closer Look at the Hidden Magic and Meaning of the Money You Use Every Day

By David Ovason

     Have you ever stood in line to buy something and pondered the events that led up to the making of the United States Seal that is printed on the back of the dollar bill? In “The Secret Symbols of the Dollar Bill,” David Ovason gives readers a detailed history of the seal as well as the theories behind where all the symbols we now glance over without a second thought came from. Were they influenced by the three major contributors’ connections to the Masons? Is there some deeper, arcane meaning in their inclusion on the seal? Was there actually a reason they were chosen or were they just picked because they were mysterious and...nifty? Ovason answers all these questions and more in this amazing collection of American history and archaic knowledge.

   I’ve always been a big fan of the uncovering of America’s secrets and jumped at the chance to review this book for many reasons. Ovason gives a very objective, open theory about how the seal came to be the way it is now, and why it was created the way it was. I’m very impressed with the amount of work that went into researching something that hasn’t been a very big topic of discussion for many years. Nice job! Definitely worth reading.


The Book

Perennial Currents / HarperCollins
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The Reviewer

Carisa Weeaks
Reviewed 2005
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