New Presidential $1 U.S. Coin Does Not Have “In God We Trust” On It-Fiction!

Summary of 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 Truth:

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 Coin                       Back of $1 Washington Coin


Edge of $1 Washington Coin

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.

Updated 12/29/08

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 acceptance with


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!!!!