The Dollar Bill in Translation: What It Really Means


Novus or do seclorum sounds like something from a magic spell doesn't it? So why is it on the back of the dollar bill? Here's your chance to find out what the mysterious symbols and sayings on a dollar bill mean.

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Novus or do seclorum sounds like something from a magic spell doesn't it? So why is it on the back of the dollar bill? Here's your chance to find out what the mysterious symbols and sayings on a dollar bill mean.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
When was the last time you looked, really looked, at a dollar bill? I am not talking about checking to see whether you have one inside of your moth-eaten wallet. I am talking about examining the bill, from front to back. For starters, I am sure you know that George Washington is on the dollar bill, but did you know that it is based on a famous 1796 portrait of Washington painted by Gilbert Stuart? What about all those numbers on the front? Do you know what they stand for? In addition, why is there the unfinished pyramid with an all-seeing eye at the top located on the back of the bill? This book sets out to solve these and many other mysteries related to what is printed on America's dollar bill. Decoding every angle and laying out its history, purpose, and meaning, this book is an excellent resource for learning how our quintessential dollar bill came to be and why it looks the way it does. Written in question-and-answer format, the text dispenses with loads of information in an informative and interesting fashion. Readers will no doubt delight in stumping their parents with questions like, "Do you know what annuity coeptis means?" Part of the "Kids' Translations" non-fiction series, the book includes a timeline, table of contents, fact boxes, translation guide, glossary, access to safe internet sites, and a short bibliography and would be a welcome addition to any library. Reviewer: Kris Sauer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429634489
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Series: Kids' Translations Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 442,415
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris lives in Danvers, Massachusetts, in the neighborhood where the Salem Witch Trials occurred. He lives there with his wife, daughter, son, and two cats, Molly and Murray, and enjoys spending time with his family. When Chris is not writing, he is busy teaching middle school students in Natick, Massachusetts, reading, playing guitar, or learning more about his favorite subject, American history.

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