The American one-dollar bill is a goldmine for conspiracy theorists. Its many symbols make for a variety of obscure interpretations worthy of The Da Vinci Code. 

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On the reverse of the bill –flanking the word “One” and the motto “In God We Trust”– are two circles enclosing the reverse and obverse of the Great Seal of the United States. The Seal is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the US federal government. A bald eagle –bird of prey and symbol of the United States– clasping an olive branch and 13 arrows in its talons, is depicted on the right-hand side and shows the reverse of the seal. On the left, is the obverse of the Seal: an unfinished pyramid, the symbol of an ongoing process of nation building. The pyramid is topped by an eye within a triangle that radiates light. This is the Eye of Providence, also known as the “all-seeing eye”, a Christian symbol of God watching over Humankind (although some see it as a reference to the Freemasons or the Illuminati). An all-seeing eye, painted by Le Barbier in 1789, also features on France’s Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.