Celebrating National Dollar Day on August 8

A diller, a dollar
A 10 o'clock scholar
What makes you come so soon?
You used to come at 10 o'clock
But now  you come at  noon.

According to Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes by Iona and Peter Opie (Oxford, OUP, 1951), 'a diller, a dollar' are taken from the words dilatory and dullard. Dictionary.com says that the word, “dilatory” means: “tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy”. Aha!

From National Dollar Day

National Dollar Day on August 8th commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786. 

In 1862, the United States printed its first dollar bill. Do you know whose face was printed there? It wasn’t George Washington. The first dollar bill featured Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury.

More Dollar Facts

Interestingly, the dollar bill in our pockets today hasn’t been changed for more than 50 years. While the $5, $10, $20, and $50 earned redesigns in recent years, the single remains unchanged. Due to counterfeiting, redesigns keep the larger currencies ahead of counterfeiters. However, the single doesn’t face attention the more significant notes see.

Above the right number 1 on the face side of the dollar, a tiny bird peeks out. Whether it’s an owl, an eagle or another such bird is uncertain. Like other embedded items in the bill’s design, it fuels many conspiracy theories.

Speaking of conspiracy theories, the pyramid on the back fuels a few. It’s part of the Great Seal of the United States. However, the truth of the pyramid represents several things. You’ll find 13 steps on the pyramid equaling the 13 original colonies. The unfinished top represents a young country growing and expanding. Finally, the Eye of Providence includes the Latin motto Annuit Coeptis, which means, “It is favorable to our undertakings.”

The number 13 is represented on the dollar bill in several places. Do you know where else?

Opposite the pyramid is an eagle. The image represents both war and peace. In the eagle’s left talon it holds arrows and in its right an olive branch. How many arrows do you think the eagle holds? If you guessed 13, you’d be right.

Above the eagle’s head, there is a cloud with a constellation. How many stars are in the constellation? Again the number 13 is represented. The eagle includes a shield 13 stripes, too.

24 thoughts on “Celebrating National Dollar Day on August 8”

  1. Interesting! Ive never looked at a US dollar bill closely enough to see all those details. We don’t have dollar bills in Canada any more. They’ve been replaced by the dollar coin aka the Loonie, because it has an image of a loon on it.

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  2. I don’t know if it’s still the same, but whenever I’ve been over to your side of the pond (which is only twice), I couldn’t differentiate the value of the notes too easily. Is it still the same or have I gradually been going colour blind?

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  3. Unlike most other countries, all of our bills are the same color. The denomination, the face, and the verso are all different. Maybe you were expecting it to be more obvious? Since we have no sovereign and our president changes every 4-8 years, we have no single face on our bills. Our latest effort is to change our $20 bill from Andrew Jackson (president, slave owner, and killer of Native Americans) for Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave who lead other escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad. Unfortunately, one of the leading African Americans in this effort does not know the difference between Andrew Jackson (president) and Andrew Johnson (Abraham Lincoln’s vice president who became president after Lincoln was assassinated.) Americans love to boast about their rights and history without knowing much about either.

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