Pluribus Unum" is used on many of our country's seals and most of our
currency and coins. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress
issued a three-dollar bill bearing the motto, "Exitus in Dubio Est," which
translates to "The Outcome Is in Doubt." Despite congressional pessimism
about the war, John Adams, Ben Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson proposed
the more prophetic motto, "E Pluribus Unum"--"One From Many." The motto
first appeared on the Great Seal of the United States in 1782. The Great
Seal, however, didn't appear on U.S. currency until 1902.