by Abdullah Beydoun
The banknotes that our governments create have always conveyed meaning in many powerful ways. Monarchs and politicians place their own likenesses on currency to communicate their power and influence across the land. Domestic landscapes and imagery appear on currency to invoke a sense of national pride when citizens or tourists engage with the currency. Sometimes, even the size and shape of banknotes conveys a message about when or why the notes were created.
Sometimes, however, hidden symbols and images are placed onto our banknotes. These symbols may be obvious at times, or we may feel that they were intentionally hidden.
Some of these symbols are obvious, while some are so obfuscated that they may even be tricks of the imagination. We’ll present the information and let you decide.
Hidden Symbols on the New British £20 Note
The new British £20 Note has become the only version legally in circulation as of June 30th this year, when the previous version, which featured composer Edward Edgar, was legally removed from circulation. The new notes feature the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II, along with other remarkable details.
Adjacent to the Queen’s image, the Bank of England is depicted, and above that a rose is surrounded by some peculiar geometric markings. The lines and swirls appear random, but a keen observer can readily distinguish outlines of the star of David, and both pagan and satanic stars. Most folks would chalk this up to a coincidence – do you agree?
Number 13 Symbolized on American Dollar Bills
Conspiracy theorists suggest that the symbolism of the number 13 on American Dollar bills can be attributed to a satanic world domination plan. In reality, the recurring motif of the number 13 on the dollar is meant to pay homage to the initial 13 states of the union.
There are 13 steps on the pyramid and 13 stars above the eagle, and the shield on the eagle’s breast has both 13 horizontal and 13 vertical stripes. In addition, the eagle’s talons hold an olive branch with 13 leaves and 13 berries, and a bundle of 13 arrows (symbolizing peace and war). The text above the eagle reads, in Latin, “Out of many, one”, symbolizing the unity between the 13 colonies of America.
Seychelles Islands Stamps its Mark on International Currency
Sometimes, secret symbols go undetected until after production, but end up appearing more like a schoolyard prank than a satanic conspiracy. One of the first editions of the 50-rupee note, released in 1976, featured a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II and an image of a magnificent sailboat in the Indian Ocean.
What nobody noticed until later was that the palm leaves to the right of the Queen appeared to spell the word “sex” when the bill was turned on its side. This “Secret symbol” could be a mere coincidence – the letters are far from clear, and the palm trees look totally normal otherwise – but perhaps one of the designers added this feature as a joke.
German Notes and French Vampires
After World War I, Germany was forced to relinquish many of its resource-rich territories and pay reparations to other nations which left it totally bankrupt. Afflicted by hyperinflation, the government was forced by 1922 to print 10,000-mark notes to help facilitate transactions – a single Germany mark would scarcely buy a stick of gum.
The engraver who created the note added a secret image: a subtly drawn image of a hooded vampire, which represented France, metaphorically “sucking the blood from the Germany people”. The presence of this sinister depiction was discovered and confirmed, but the government continued to print the notes!
The tables turned on Germany during World War II, when an anti-Nazi artist was forced to design the printing plates for notes that would be used by prisoners at Germany concentration camps.
The artist, Horst-Willi Lippert, not only depicted scenes of forced labour and guard towers on the notes, he scratched out part of a letter on the word “Concentration Camp”, changing its meaning to “Concentration Killer”!
The Nazis never caught on, and Lippert survived the war. He later verified and was given credit for his actions, which he claimed were attempts to alert allied forces that the camps were not “voluntary communities” as the Nazis claimed.
The primary function of banknotes has always been to help citizens trade goods and services in a structured society, but as history shows, they have an incredible capacity to communicate secret messages of all kinds through their hidden symbols and images.