"In God We Trust" Missing From New One-Dollar Coins

March 02, 2007

Where is 'In God We Trust' on new $1 coin?

Tony Phyrillas

Have you seen the new $1 coin recently released into circulation by the United States Mint?

My first impression was whether the coin was designed by a committee made up of ACLU members.

What's missing? Try finding the words "In God We Trust" on the coin.

The words are not on the front, which features a awful likeness of George Washington. There is no "In God We Trust" on the back of the coin, which features the Statue of Liberty.

Keep looking. You might need a magnifying glass.

I gave the coin to another person and asked them to find "In God We Trust" on it. It took them 1 minute and 15 seconds to find the inscription, but they weren't sure what the words said because they were so tiny.

The words "In God We Trust" are found on the edge of the coin.

"In God We Trust" has been our official national motto for 50 years and has been imprinted on U.S. currency going back to 1864. Prominently featured on currency, until now.

These are the same words that the ACLU and atheists like Michael Newdow have tried for years to have removed from U.S. currency and "The Pledge of Allegiance."

All U.S. coins feature "In God We Trust" on the front. You can even make out the motto clearly on a dime. But good luck finding it on the new $1 coin.

Even if you find it, who knows how long it will remain on the coins. What part of the coin is the easiest to wear away? The edge, of course. How long will "In God We Trust" appear on the new $1 coins before the words are rubbed away entirely?

Has the ACLU and the militant atheists infiltrated the U.S. Mint?

If this trend continues, our currency will not be the same when our grandchildren grow up and have children of their own.

Judging from the U.S. Mint's previous failed attempts to widely distribute $1 coins (the Susan B. Anthony dollar and the Sacagawea dollar), time may be on our side. Americans simply don't want to carry dollar coins around. (An AP-Ipsos poll says three-fourths of people surveyed oppose replacing the dollar bill with a dollar coin.)

The Mint plans to flood 300 million Washington dollar coins into circulation and will release four new $1 coins each year through 2016 until all U.S. presidents are featured on the coins. And the Mint has launched a big PR campaign to get children to collect the coins. No wonder George Washington looks so pained on the new $1 coin.

The effort to remove "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency needs to be nipped in the bud.

What can you do? Refuse to accept the coins. Write your congressman today and let him or her know that the anti-Christian secular progressive crowd has gone too far.

Fight to restore this nation's Judeo-Christian traditions. Don't let the ACLU and the militant atheists win.

Tony Phyrillas is a columnist for The Mercury in Pottstown, Pa.




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