Congress established the US monetary system on this day, August 8th, in 1786, but the first dollar bill was printed in 1862. Here are some fun, interesting facts about the dollar bill:

  • The face on the first dollar bill was not of George Washington but Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury;
  • The single dollar bill, unlike the $5, $10, $20 and $50, has not been redesigned, as an effort against counterfeiting, in more than 50 years;
  • Above the right number 1 on the face side of the dollar, a tiny bird is noticeable;
  • The pyramid on the back of the dollar bill is part of the Great Seal of the United States. On it you can count 13 steps representing the 13 original colonies. The unfinished top represents a young country growing and expanding;
  • Opposite the pyramid, an eagle represents both war and peace and its talons hold arrows, on the left, and an olive branch on the right. There are 13 arrows in the eagle’s right talon.
  • There is also a constellation with 13 stars and a shield with 13 stripes above the eagle’s head.

Ever tracked your dollar?

Visit the website, Where’s George (, and enter the serial number of a dollar bill in your wallet. You can track where it has been or where it goes after spending it.


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