Preserving "A Fair Chance For a Free People" - Karl E. Mundt

Mt. Rushmore on Dollar Bill

Rushmore Dollar

In 1969, Mundt introduced a bill (S-71) to have the four faces of Mount Rushmore placed on the back of the $1.00 bill. The drawing would replace the "one" written on the back of the bill. Although the idea won tremendous support, especially in South Dakota, Mundt was stricken with a stroke a few months later, and the bill never passed.

In 1967 the Banking and Currency Committee conducted a survey. They were shocked at the results that they had found. The following are the results:

Q. What does the unfinished pyramid with the eye over it, on the one dollar bill, mean to you?1
Didn't know it was there 36%
Don't know what it means 58%
Has something to do with the Great Seal of the U.S. 6%
Q. What does the eagle clutching arrows and olive branch mean to you, as depicted on the back of the one dollar bill? 1
Never paid any attention to it 16%
Don't Know 38%
It's part of the Seal of the U.S. 24%
The eagle is the national bird 22%

Rushmore Dollar

  1. Banking and Currency Committee 1967-1968
  2. RG III
  3. DB 410
SD State Seal

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