In God We Trust
Fun Facts courtesy of The United States Mint*
|From Treasury Department records it
appears that the first suggestion that God be recognized on U.S. coinage
can be traced to a letter addressed to the Secretary of Treasury from a
minister in 1861. An Act of Congress, approved on April 11, 1864,
authorized the coinage of two-cent coins upon which the motto first
The motto was omitted from the new gold coins issued in 1907, causing a storm of public criticism. As a result, legislation passed in May 1908 made "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins on which it had previously appeared.
Legislation approved July 11, 1955, made the appearance of "In God We Trust" mandatory on all coins and paper currency of the United States. By Act of July 30, 1956, "In God We Trust" became the national motto of the United States.
Several years ago, the appearance of "In God We Trust" on our money was challenged in the federal courts. The challenge was rejected by the lower federal courts, and the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review the case.
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Inspiration for this page came after reading, "God Bless America, Prayers & Reflections For Our Country." Published by Inspirio, The gift group of Zondervan. http://www.inspiriogifts.com/
*"In God We Trust" Fun Facts courtesy of The United States Mint. Copied and presented under the Fair Use Provision of the Copyright Act. http://www.usmint.gov/
In God We Trust photo composite by Eric Shindelbower