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The Star of David above the Eagle’s Head on the One Dollar Bill

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Over its (bald eagle’s) head there appears a ‘glory’ with 13 mullets (stars) on a blue field. In the current (and several previous) dies of the Great Seal, the 13 stars above the eagle are arranged in rows of 1-4-3-4-1, forming a six-pointed Star [of David].

– Great Seal of the United States, Wikipedia
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Above the American bald eagle’s head the stars of the original 13 states are composed to form a Solomon’s seal symbolic of the union of soul and body, spirit and matter. Each of the interlaced equilateral triangles, one upward turned, the other downward…the two represent the physical world as informed by the spiritual.

– Joseph Campbell, The Inner Reaches of Outer Space: Metaphor as Myth and as Religion (The Collected Works of Joseph Campbell)
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U.S. government versions of the Great Seal show the constellation of 13 stars in a Hexagram pattern (two triangles intersecting to form a six-pointed star). There has been much speculation about the symbolic intent of this Hexagram…

– “Thirteen Stars Forming a Constellation”, GreatSeal.com
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The first die…was cut sometime between June and September, 1782 (i.e. between the design being accepted and its first use), although the exact date is not known. The identity of the engraver is also not known…The blazon does not specify the arrangement of the stars…nor the number of points; the engraver chose Six-Pointed Stars (typical of English heraldry), and arranged them in a larger Six-Pointed Star. No drawing made by the engraver has ever been found…This first die was used until 1841.

– Great Seal of the United States, Wikipedia
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