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Rumor: New Dollar Coin Omits 'In God We Trust'

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Netlore Archive: New dollar coin gaffe. Viral messages claim the motto 'In God We Trust' was (or will be) intentionally omitted from new one-dollar U.S. coins.

Description: Rumor
Circulating since: Feb. 2007
Status: False (see details below)


2007 example:
Email contributed by George S., Feb. 27, 2007:

NEW DOLLAR COIN

This new coin came out this month

The U.S. Mint hopes the redesigned $1 coin will win acceptance with consumers.




It does not have In God We Trust on it. Another way of leaving God out.

Send this on and let consumers decide if it will win acceptance or not.


2012 example:
As posted on Facebook, Nov. 21, 2012:

Distribution has begun..... refuse new coins!!!!!!!! True Americans will refuse these it has begun. (George Washington The president Gold like coin with the time of which he is born-until death.) Refuse New Coins. This simple action will make a strong statement. Please help do this...refuse to accept these when they are handed to you. I received one from the Post Office as a change and I asked for a dollar bill instead. The Lady just smiled and said, "Way to go," So, she had read this e-mail. Please help out...our world is in enough trouble without this too!!!!!! U.S. Government to release New Dollar Coins You Guessed it 'IN GOD WE TRUST' IS TOTALLY GONE. from the FRONT AND BACK. IF EVER THERE WAS A REASON TO BOYCOTT SOMETHING THIS IS IT!!!!!!! DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS AS CHANGE TOGETHER WE CAN FORCE THEM OUT OF CIRCULATION.


Update: As of 2011, one-dollar coins are no longer being produced for general circulation. On Dec. 13 of that year, the U.S. Mint suspended most production of one-dollar coins due to spiraling costs and an excessive inventory. Future coins in the U.S. Presidents series will be issued in smaller quantities for collectors only.

Analysis: No one-dollar coins were produced on which the motto "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted. According to the U.S. Mint, an unknown number of one-dollar George Washington coins (at least 50,000 of them, by one estimate) were erroneously struck without the motto in 2007 and found their way into the batch of 300 million issued on February 15 of that year.

Rumors began circulating soon afterward to the effect that the religious slogan, which has been a standard inscription on U.S. coins since 1938 and the national motto since 1956, was intentionally omitted from the entire run of one-dollar coins.

That rumor is false, unless government sources are mistaken or lying. What remains unclear is whether it was inspired by the above-mentioned minting error or the fact that even when properly manufactured the new coin says "In God We Trust" on its outer edge instead of its face, per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005:

(10) In order to revitalize the design of United States coinage and return circulating coinage to its position as not only a necessary means of exchange in commerce, but also as an object of aesthetic beauty in its own right, it is appropriate to move many of the mottos and emblems, the inscription of the year, and the so-called "mint marks" that currently appear on the 2 faces of each circulating coin to the edge of the coin, which would allow larger and more dramatic artwork on the coins reminiscent of the so-called "Golden Age of Coinage" in the United States...

Former About.com Coins Guide Susan Headley followed the minting SNAFU since it was first discovered by collectors in February 2007 and summed it up in her Washington Dollar Plain Edge Coins FAQ.

Sources and further reading:

Mint Stops Production of Presidential Dollars
About.com: Coins, 19 December 2011

Coins Circulating Without 'In God We Trust'
Associated Press, 8 February 2007

Locals Give New Dollar Coin Mixed Reviews
Tribune Democrat (Johnstown, PA), 25 February 2007

Local Man Protests New Dollar Coin
The Daily News (Longview, WA), 23 February 2007

Presidential $1 Coin Program
U.S. Mint, 14 February 2007

History of 'In God We Trust'
U.S. Treasury fact sheet

Last updated: 11/21/12

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