The Great Seal of the United States is used to authenticate certain documents issued by the United States federal government. The phrase is used both for the physical seal itself (which is kept by the United States Secretary of State), and more generally for the design impressed upon it. The Great Seal was first used publicly in 1782. The obverse of the great seal is used as the national coat of arms of the United States. It is officially used on documents such as United States passports, military insignia, embassy placards, and various flags. As a coat of arms, the design has official colors; the physical Great Seal itself, as affixed to paper, is monochrome. Since 1935, both sides of the Great Seal have appeared on the reverse of the one-dollar bill. The Seal of the President of the United States is directly based on the Great Seal, and its elements are used in numerous government agency and state seals.That Wikipedia page also tells us that it took 3 committees to create the set of Seals which were finalized in 1782 and that we today see on the US Dollar bill.
As with the previous two committees, most of the work was delegated to a heraldic expert, this time 28-year-old William Barton. Barton drew a design very quickly, using a rooster on the crest, but it was much too complex. No drawing of this design seems to have survived. Barton then came up with another design, which the committee submitted back to Congress on May 9, 1782, just five days after being formed. This time, the figures on each side of the shield were the "Genius of the American Confederated Republic" represented by a maiden, and on the other side an American warrior. At the top is an eagle and on the pillar in the shield is a "Phoenix in Flames". The mottos were "In Vindiciam Libertatis" (In Defense of Liberty) and "Virtus sola invicta" (Only virtue unconquered). For the reverse, Barton used a pyramid of thirteen steps, with the radiant Eye of Providence overhead, and used the mottos "Deo Favente" (With God's Favor, or more literally, God Favoring) and "Perennis" (Everlasting). The pyramid had come from another Continental currency note designed in 1778 by Hopkinson, this time the $50 note, which had a nearly identical pyramid and the motto "Perennis". Barton had at first specified "on the Summit of it a Palm Tree, proper", with the explanation that "The Palm Tree, when burnt down to the very Root, naturally rises fairer than ever", but later crossed it out and replaced it with the Eye of Providence, taken from the first committee's design. Congress again took no action on the submitted design.
On June 13, 1782, the Congress turned to its Secretary Charles Thomson, and provided all material submitted by the first three committees. Thomson was 53 years old, and had been a Latin master at a Philadelphia academy. Thomson took elements from all three previous committees, coming up with a new design which provided the basis for the final seal. Thomson used the eagle – this time specifying an American bald eagle – as the sole supporter on the shield. The shield had thirteen stripes, this time in a chevron pattern, and the eagle's claws held an olive branch and a bundle of thirteen arrows. For the crest, he used Hopkinson's constellation of thirteen stars. The motto was E Pluribus Unum, taken from the first committee, and was on a scroll held in the eagle's beak. An eagle holding symbols of war and peace has a long history, and also echoed the second committee's themes. Franklin owned a 1702 emblem book, which included an eagle with olive branch and arrows near its talons, which may have been a source for Thomson. The arrows also mirror those in the arms of the Dutch Republic, the only country in Europe with a representative government at the time, which depicted a lion holding seven arrows representing their seven provinces. State currency may have provided further inspiration; a 1775 South Carolina bill showed a bundle of 13 arrows and a 1775 Maryland note depicted a hand with an olive branch of 13 leaves. For the reverse, Thomson essentially kept Barton's design, but re-added the triangle around the Eye of Providence and changed the mottos to Annuit Cœptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum. Thomson sent his designs back to Barton, who made some final alterations. The stripes on the shield were changed again, this time to "palewise" (vertical), and the eagle's wing position was changed to "displayed" (wingtips up) instead of "rising". Barton also wrote a more properly heraldic blazon. The design was submitted to Congress on June 20, 1782 and was accepted the same day. Thomson included a page of explanatory notes, but no drawing was submitted. This remains the official definition of the Great Seal today. The first brass die was cut sometime between June and September, and placed in the State House in Philadelphia. It was first used by Thomson on September 16, 1782, to verify signatures on a document which authorized George Washington to negotiate an exchange of prisoners. Charles Thomson, as the Secretary of Congress, remained the keeper of the seal until the Federal government was formed in 1789. On July 24, 1789, President Washington asked Thomson to deliver the seal to the Department of Foreign Affairs in the person of Roger Alden, who kept it until the Department of State was created. All subsequent Secretaries of State have been responsible for applying the Seal to diplomatic documents. On September 15, 1789, the United States Congress ordered "that the seal heretofore used by the United States in Congress assembled, shall be, and hereby is declared to be, the seal of the United States."Sounds all fine and dandy, but does it have even more meaning that's not written in the official account?? Knowing what I know about the Mayan Calendar, I recognized something behind the design. Something NOT written in the official account. I was first struck by the odd inclusion of a Mayan Pyramid in the Hopkinson (1778) design! (Francis Hopkinson's 1778 Mayan Step Pyramid)
A baktun (properly b'ak'tun) is 20 katun cycles of the ancient Maya Long Count Calendar. It contains 144000 days, equal to 394.26 tropical years13 x 20 = 256 2012 - 256 = 1756 5125 years (3114 BC to 2012) For those requiring exactitude in their calculations... The actual corresponding METONIC period of each of the levels of the pyramid is 19.713 tropical years. Most of the Maya calendar intervals accumulate as multiples of 20. An interval of 7,200 days (360 × 20) was known as a katun. It takes 20 katuns to complete a baktun (20 × 7,200 = 144,000 days). Although some ancient inscriptions turn 13 baktuns into an important reset milestone, others imply that the calendar simply keeps running. For instance, it takes 20 baktuns to make a pictun. It is important we note that "72" of the 7200 in the above explanation! 72 degrees is the number of degrees between the arms of a perfectly formed PENTAGRAM (or 5 armed star). We note: There are 144000 days per baktun 13 baktuns = 13 x 144000 days = 1,872,000 days 360 x 20 = 7200 days It takes 20 katuns to complete a baktun (20 × 7,200 = 144,000 days) I think this is the perfect time to note... "Novus Ordo Seclorum" acronyms to NOS or "SON", in reverse, and the hexagram (aka Star of DaViD) and the pentagram too both reveal the word "M.A.S.O.N" And a good time to note that... the complete 13 baktun "Great Cycle" is 260 katuns (of 19.713 years for 1,872,000 days) making our starting "1756 katun" Katun # 247. 3114 BC + 1756 AD = 4870 years 4870 / 19.713 = 247.045 katuns August 11, 3114 BC is the date given by many many scholars as the Start Date of the Mayan Calendar. I note it as 8/11/3114 BC. The Year containing within a reference to PI in the 3114. as being made up of the digits 3,1,4 So back to the exploration! Today November 9, 2012 (11/9/12) aka Mayan Long Count 188.8.131.52.18. It is 42 days (3x14) to the infamous 184.108.40.206.0 (13 Baktun) rollover of the Mayan Calendar which occurs on December 21, 2012 (12/21/12). and by our math and careful observation we see that the Mayan Pyramid of the Great Seal (Great Circle/ Great Cycle) also encodes the same information about 13 baktun. Beginning in the year 1756, with 1776 completing the first level of the 13 levels, we see that, with each level being 19.713 years... We arrive precisely at December 21, 2012 at the end of the 13th level The EYE (5,25,5 in simple gematria) of Providence floating abov its peak (13th level) conveying the 14th level (7x2) and beyond! Feel free to share your comments in the comments section! ~SE~ UPDATE (2012-11-11): PI in the BIBLE and the Mayan 144,000... Revelation 14 verse 3 3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. Chapter 14 verse 3 again we find the digits of PI (3.14)
An interval of 7,200 days (360 × 20) was known as a katun. It takes 20 katuns to complete a baktun (20 × 7,200 = 144,000 days). It is important we note that "72" of the 7200 in the above explanation! 72 degrees is the number of degrees between the arms of a perfectly formed PENTAGRAM (or 5 armed star).You can learn more about the 144 and the pentagram in my blog article Transits of Venus for the Last 21 Centuries