Seal of the United States Department of the Treasury
The United States Treasury Seal is the official symbol of the United States Department of the Treasury. It actually predates the department, having originated with the Board of Treasury during the period of the Articles of Confederation. It is used on all U.S. paper currency, and (like other departmental seals) on official Treasury documents.
The seal includes a chevron with thirteen stars, representing the original thirteen states. Above the chevron is a balance, representing justice. The key below the chevron represents authority and trust.
The phrase <small>THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY</small> is around the rim, and <small>1789</small> (the year the department was established) is at the bottom. This inscription is in a Cheltanham Bold font.