New Presidential $1
U.S. Coin Does Not Have "In God We Trust" On It-Fiction!
|Summary of the eRumor:
A forwarded email that says
that a new coin has come out this month [February, 2007] that does not
have the phrase "In God we Trust" on it. The email says
the government is monitoring to see whether it gains public acceptance
and asks who was responsible for the change. The writer speculates
that it is part of an effort to leave God out.
The coin is real. It is
a new $1 George Washington coin. Contrary to the eRumor, the coin
does include "IN GOD WE TRUST" but it's not on the front or
the back of the coin. It is engraved on the edge along with
"E PLURIBUS UNUM."
The eRumor makes it sound as though the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST" was left out of the design of the coin and asks the
question of who was responsible.
The design has always included "IN GOD WE TRUST" but it is
possible that you might end up with one of the coins in your hand that
does not have the engraved words on the edge. That's because when
about 300 million of the coins were released on February 15, 2007, an
unknown quantity were accidentally put into circulation without either
"IN GOD WE TRUST" or "E PLURIBUS UNUM" on
them. They immediately became a hot item among coin collectors and
on online auction sites. Then in mid-March, the Associated Press
reported that a Colorado couple found yet another flawed coin.
Mary and Ray Smith of Fort Collins heard about the "Godless"
coins and bought two rolls of them, hoping to get one that did not have
the engraving. Instead, they found one that had the engraving, but
not the front picture of George Washington or the back picture of the
Statue of Liberty. It could be worth thousands.
Front of $1 Washington
Back of $1 Washington Coin
Edge of $1 Washington
|The coins are the result
of passage of The Presidential $1 Coin Act (Public Law 109-145). It
honors U.S. presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins in the order that
they served. The coins will be released at a rate of four per year
and the first four are of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, and James Madison. In addition, the act authorizes honoring
the First Spouses by issuing uncircuated and proof one-half ounce
24-karat gold $10 coins. The coin of each First Lady will be
issued the same year as her husband's coin.
|A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Subject: FW: Fw: New coin came out this month No In
God we Trust on it :(
Date: Mon, 19 Feb 2007 17:55:23 -0800
This new coin came out this month
The U.S. Mint hopes the redesigned $1 coin will win
It does not have In God We Trust on it. Another way of
leaving God out.
Send this on and let consumers to decide if it will
win acceptance or not.
I wonder who was behind this change!!!!