- March 12, 2007 at 12:41 am #1591
Feds Erase “In God We Trust” From Face of Coins –
Tiny Scratches on Edge Don’t Cut It
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Thomas More Law Center, a national pubic interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is encouraging the public not to use the newly issued Presidential $1 Coins, which have “In God We Trust” removed from the face of the coins.
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “It is astounding that Congress has effectively done what atheist litigants have been unsuccessfully trying to do for years — erase all reference to God from our money.”
Continued Thompson, “I encourage the public not to use the coins, and petition Congress to repeal the law under which they are being minted. This is just another step on the road to a secular society where all religious symbols are removed from public view. Besides they look and feel cheap – – like amusement park tokens.”
The Presidential $1 Coin Act, enacted into law in 2005 requires the government to issue $1 circulating coins featuring the images of Presidents in the order they served. The first coin released this year features the image of George Washington. Coins with images of Adams, Jefferson, and Madison will also be issued in 2007. Four Presidents will be featured on the coins every year thereafter.
The 2005 law requires the United States Mint to place “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum” on the edges of these coins. The U.S. Mint refers to this as “edge-incused inscriptions.” Released photos of the edge with the motto “In God We Trust,” clearly misrepresent what one actually sees. In actuality the motto “In God We Trust” appears to be merely scratches on the edge of these coins, that is, unless one looks for it with a magnifying glass.
Also missing from the new coin is the word “Liberty” which is on our other coins. Most American do not like dollar coins. Other recent attempts to mint dollar coins instead of paper currency have failed. Susan B. Anthony and Sacagawea coins are stacked unused in bank vaults. This time the government is involved in a so called “outreach program” to get more people to buy into dollar coins.March 12, 2007 at 2:59 am #7856
The article I read said that the coins in question where accidentally minted without In God We Trust, and that some where released without a date on them. They have been according to the mint selling to collectors as mint errors.
One can also sometimes find bills without serial numbers, or mint seals, sometime bills are issued that have no printing on the back, or coins that are struck off center. You can find them on ebay, and at coin shops. They usually sell for more than the face value as they slipped past the inspectors who may have been tired, lost focus, or been thinking about the next bathroom break.
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