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Question by Treestand. Uploaded on April 08, 2010
"IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957"
That straight from the US treasury website, just googled it.
On coins 1864 0r 1865
Congress next passed the Act of April 22, 1864 allowing a device "IN GOD WE TRUST" to appear on the 1864 two-cent coin.
An Act of Congress passed on March 3, 1865, allowed the Mint "to place the device" on all gold and silver coins.. On February 12, 1873 Congress passed the Coinage Act . It also said that the Secretary "may cause 'the device' IN GOD WE TRUST to be inscribed on such coins as shall admit of such."
The use of IN GOD WE TRUST has not been uninterrupted. Not all United States coins of this period bear the inscription. The device was found missing from the new design of the double-eagle gold coin and the eagle gold coin shortly after they appeared in 1907. In response to a general demand, Congress ordered the device restored, and the Act of May 18, 1908, made this 'inscription' mandatory on all coins upon which it had previously appeared.
Law 31 U.S.C. Section 324a, titled "Inscription on currency and coins," states in its entirety:
"At such time as new dies for the printing of currency are adopted, the dies shall bear, at such place or places thereon as the Secretary of the Treasury may determine to be appropriate, the 'inscription' "In God We Trust" and thereafter this 'inscription' shall appear on all United States currency and coins."
On June 7, 1955, H.R. 619 "Providing for the 'inscription' of In God We Trust on all United States Currency and Coins," was introduced in the House.
On June 29, 1955, Lyndon Baines Johnson (D-TX) introduced H.R. 619 "A bill to provide that all United States currency shall bear the 'inscription' In God We Trust.' The bill passed.
On March 22, 1956, House Resolution 396 was introduced to establish "In God We Trust" as a national motto.
This became law on July 30, 1956
So, it wasn't until July 30, 1956 that the 84th Congress passed a law making "IN GOD WE TRUST" _a_ national motto of the United States.
In 1957 or so Madelyb Murrey O'Hare tried a lawsuit to remove it and people are still doing so.
you know your history very well. thanks for the neat info moishe
Only bacause I have lived through so much history ;) I will be 69 in August. When I was in school they ACTUALLY TAUGHT us .
I understand there is a new one dollar coin being minted at present without the motto inscribed on it. There is a movement afoot to encourage people to reject it. I think the Post Office is already trying to get them into circulation by giving them as change for larger bills, and people are not accepting them.
So true 99exp. and thank,to moishe and gange. GREAT JOB.
(( exp, I looked at one of those with a jewelers loupe, it is inscribed with e pluribus unum and Ingod we trust on the rim!
99 exp! sorry
Thank you, Moishe, for that bit of information. At the moment, I'll have to take your word for it, because I have not yet seen one of the new one dollar coins.
Here the scoop on the New Coins.
Try this one if the other wont work
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