Tuesday, October 7, 2008
172 - U.S. $5 dollar bill
The numbers '172' can be found on the back of the U.S. $5 dollar bill in the bushes at the base of the Lincoln Memorial.
As you hold the bill, look at the "F" in five. The 5 is located in the leading edge of it. The 1 and 7 are shaped in the leaves of the same bush. They appear in the leaves and are darker than than the rest of the bush.
The vignette on the reverse of the five-dollar bill depicts the Lincoln Memorial. You may be aware that, engraved on that Memorial are the names of the 48 states in 1922, which was the year the Memorial was dedicated. There are engravings of 26 State names on front of the building, which appears on the note vignette. As a result, only 26 of the States appear on the note.