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Issue 146 - January 2013 - Page 8

New US Presidential Coins Omit "In God We Trust"?

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Outline
Protest message claims that "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted from the new United States Presidential $1 Coins issued in 2007.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the message are false. "In God We Trust" was not purposely omitted from the new coins. The motto was omitted in error on some coins but is included on the edge of correctly minted coins.

Detailed analysis and references below example.
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Last updated: January 10, 2013
First published: 13th March 2007
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Examples (Submitted April 2012)
Subject: Fw: Distribution has begun

Please read below...
Well, distribution has begun...Refuse new coins! True Americans will refuse these

It has begun...Refuse new coins!

Refuse New Coin

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 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 GONE!!! 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.. Please send to all on your mailing list!!!

(Submitted, March 2007)
Subject: NEW DOLLAR COIN

Since the 1950’s, "In God We Trust" has been our National Motto, and has been inscribed on the front of all coins and the back of all paper currency.

This new coin came out this month. The U.S. Mint hopes the redesigned $1 coin will win acceptance with consumers.

New Dollar Coin

It does not have "In God We Trust" on it. Here's another way of phasing God out of America.

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



Detailed Analysis
This message claims that the words "In God We Trust" have been intentionally omitted from new United States Presidential $1 Coins that were issued in early 2007. The motto "In God We Trust" is revered by many US citizens and its removal from US currency would likely cause widespread anger and resentment.

However, the claim in the message that "In God We Trust" was purposely omitted from the new coins is untrue.

There are two major factors that may have contributed to the spread of this rumour:
  1. Usually, "In God We Trust" is inscribed on the front of US coins. However, in the case of the new Presidential coins, the motto is included on the edge rather than the front. People who saw images depicting just the front of the coins may have concluded that the motto had been excluded altogether. The US Mint website notes:
    These coins will feature edge-incused inscriptions of the year of minting or issuance, "E Pluribus Unum," "In God We Trust" and the mint mark. Due to the minting process used on the circulating coins, the edge-incused inscription positions will vary with each coin.

    A side view of the new coins
    Presidential $1 Coins - Side View

  2. Due to a quality control problem, a number of the new coins were issued without any edge lettering at all. "In God We Trust" was not present on these coins and this may have caused some people to believe that the omission was a deliberate act. However, the omission was a result of a problem during the manufacturing process and was in no way intentional. The United States Mint has published the following statement on the issue:
    The United States Mint has struck more than 300 million George Washington Presidential $1 Coins. We have recently learned that an unspecified quantity of these coins inadvertently left the United States Mint at Philadelphia without edge-lettering on them. It is unknown how many of these coins without inscriptions on the edge have been placed into circulation.

    The United States Mint understands the importance of the inscriptions "In God We Trust" and "E Pluribus Unum," as well as the mint mark and year on U.S. coinage. We take this matter seriously. We also consider quality control a high priority. The agency is looking into the matter to determine a possible cause in the manufacturing process.

    Production of the Presidential $1 Coin, with its unique edge-lettering, is a new, complex, high volume manufacturing system, and the United States Mint is determined to make technical adjustments to perfect the process. As we adjust this new process, we intend to eliminate any such defects.

    Consistent with the agency’s practice in such situations, the United States Mint has informed the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Treasury about this matter.

    Contact: Press inquiries: Michael White (202) 354-7222
    Customer Service information: (800) USA MINT (872-6468)
Thus, the information in the message is untrue and forwarding it to others will serve no good purpose. Except for those in which the edge inscriptions were mistakenly left off, the new coins do not omit "In God We Trust". Instead, the motto has simply been moved to the coin's edge.

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References
A Statement from the United States Mint
Edge-Incused Inscriptions


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