The New State Quarters Have Something in Common… March 25, 2010

The New State Quarters Have Something in Common…

***Update***: I’m being told that the new quarters do, in fact, have “In God We Trust” written on them even though it’s nowhere in the description. I’ll leave the post up, but please keep in mind the information may be inaccurate. Thanks! Sorry for any confusion!

Check out the new coins issued by the U.S. Mint as part of the America the Beautiful Quarters program.

Guess what they all have in common?

No mention whatsoever of “In God We Trust.”

They all say “E Pluribus Unum” (Out of many, one) instead.

Looks like this was happening with the recent Lincoln pennies, too.

I don’t know if that’s a permanent change, but it’s a good one!

(Thanks to Ken for the link.)


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  • A change until the Christians figure it out…then they’ll spaz.

  • Paul

    If these are like the old versions of the new dollar coins it might be written along the edge.

  • Laughing Penguin

    “In God We Trust” is on the front, these are new backs.

  • Evan

    That’s only the inverse of the coin. The obverse still has that phrase.

  • Charley

    Are you sure it doesn’t still say “In God We Trust” on the head (obverse) side? What you’re showing are the tails (reverse).

    I agree with you about the penny, though. That looks legit.

  • The front says it on the current coins.

  • Kordis

    Yea, it’s on the obverse on the pennies, ‘proudly’ displayed over Lincoln’s head. I’m sure on this set it will either be on the obverse, or the edge.

  • Jeff Dale

    I hate to say it, but it looks like “In God We Trust” is still on these new quarters and on those Lincoln pennies:

    The United States Mint Press Image Library

    This US Mint link shows the front and back of the pennies. The link given in the original post above for the pennies highlighted only the specially designed reverse sides, but this US Mint link shows that the front sides are the same, still saying “In God We Trust.”

    The US Mint link shows the new quarters’ specially designed reverse sides, but doesn’t show or mention the fronts. Seems most likely that the fronts are not redesigned (and still have “In God We Trust”) and so they didn’t bother to show them.

    But don’t worry! It’s not religious. It’s patriotic. *facepalm*

  • Oooh, I like this, it’ll be easier than trying to use an engraver to remove references.

  • Pustulio

    Am I missing something? Has there ever been a time when “in god we trust” was on the back of any coin instead of the front?

  • Richard Wade

    Well the State God may still be referenced on the “heads” sides, but the Arizona “tails” side has fossils!

    See? It’s tiny, but there’s a really nice little brachiopod in the lower right. Must be from the Kaibab limestone formation high above.

  • Removing the In God We Trust won’t be anywhere near that easy, It will probably have people picketing in front of the capitol and going on about how this is the end of the world. If a bill ever did get introduced in congress to create a coin that did not have the phrase on it, it would probably be rejected outright, or referred to committee and never seen again unless it was added there.

    It would be interesting to try to get a legislator to introduce a bill for a coin that didn’t have the phrase on it, and see how long it was before someone tried to amend it to include it.

  • “In God We Trust” is mandated by current law to appear on U.S. money. The U.S. Mint tried putting it on the edge of a recent dollar coin and created a furor over the possibility that use would rub it away.

  • Shawn

    I was feeling smug because, in Canada, our money is free from anything so medieval. Then I took a quarter out of my pocket and noticed our Queen.

  • Frank

    Isn’t it about time to do away with the penny completely, anyway?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    United States Mint Unveils First Five Coins in America the Beautiful Quarters Program

    Each coin in the series features a common obverse (heads side) with the 1932 portrait of George Washington by John Flanagan, which has been restored to bring out subtle details and the beauty of the orginaal model. Inscriptions are UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, LIBERTY, IN GOD WE TRUST and QUARTER DOLLAR.

  • HankTheCowdog

    On reading the headline, my first thought was “More rocks!”

    Almost all the western states’ quarters included rocks of some kind–mountains, bluffs, etc.–except for Idaho and Wyoming.

    It’s nice to see the rock motif continue.

  • Shawn

    @Hemant

    ***Update***: I’m being told that the new quarters do, in fact, have “In God We Trust” written on them even though it’s nowhere in the description.

    Are you sure you’re a math teacher?

    Three teachers were travelling through Scotland together and see a lone black sheep in a field.

    “Isn’t that interesting,” said the economics teacher, “All the sheep in Scotland are black.”

    “No,” said the biology teacher, “some of the sheep in Scotland are black.”

    “Actually,” corrected the math teacher, “in Scotland there is at least one sheep, at least one side of which is black.”
    🙂

  • Rhiannon

    Mildly disappointed that the In God We Trust is still on the quarters, but damn, gotta love the designs.

    Still perhaps it’s for the best, just like god, I don’t trust money either.

  • OK, ignoring whether or not ‘In God We Trust’ is on them, they’re a pretty fantastic looking set of coins. I wonder if I can get a set mailed over here to the UK?

  • Reginald Selkirk

    I’m being told that the new quarters do, in fact, have “In God We Trust” written on them even though it’s nowhere in the description.

    Dude, I posted the part of the description which explicitly contains that information.

  • Sarah

    Change you can’t believe in.
    Ah that was much funnier before we realized it was on the front.

  • @Reginald I was referring to this link.

  • Brad

    You remove God from your country at your own peril. Although you don’t believe he exists, you can’t prove scientifically that he doesn’t…. and don’t you think he is not going to be overly impressed if he does exist and you openly defy him.

  • Killer Bee

    You remove God from your country at your own peril.
    and don’t you think he is not going to be overly impressed if he does exist and you openly defy him.

    Give your god some credit. You make him sound like a petulant schoolgirl. If he has a problem with our currency designs he can contact the US mint before he does anything rash. Apropos of his hitherto displayed limitations:
    Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment can contact us Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

  • selfification

    Killer Bee: What if he posts his demolition notice at a public office in Alpha Centauri? Thank god I know how to make tea.

  • ImmortalityLTD

    I am always amused that the man who wrote, “I am for freedom of religion, & against all maneuvres to bring about a legal ascendancy of one sect over another.”

    Was honored by our nation with this.

  • False Prophet

    Dear American neighbours,

    E Pluribus Unum is one of the most badass national mottoes ever. Please readopt it and proclaim it from hill & vale.

    Brad, I’d suggest you exchange your godless coins for God-approved currency at your local place of worship, but I remember that’s the one thing you could do to get Jesus really pissed off.

  • JimNorth

    This most recent caucus cycle I introduced a resolution stating to the effect that the US Congress adopt “E Pluribus Unum” as the national motto. It made its way to the state convention, will know more in June.