Godless Coins, Part 2 June 24, 2007

Godless Coins, Part 2

Back when the new George Washington dollar coins were minted, there was a slight problem (or not, given your perspective): “In God We Trust” was not inscribed on approximately 50,000 of them.

So the US Mint said they’d fix the problem. And like many of our government agencies, they were just kidding about that.

Hundreds of the new John Adams dollar coins are also missing the inscription. The exact number of Godless coins is unknown.

But that’s not the only mistake on the coins:

There also are reports of the opposite problem — Adams coins with edge lettering that has been double-struck, said Ron Guth, president of the Professional Coin Grading Service.

Which is nice, really. It shows the Mint is trying to be more inclusive. After years of money saying “In God We Trust,” they’ve now made coins for atheists and polytheists.

(Thanks to Lee for the link!)


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  • I can’t wait for the Jefferson Dollar.

    Perhaps it’ll feature some of his colorful quotes, like:

    “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions. Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity. It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

    Hrm… probably too big for a coin.