New Dollar Coin Omits "In God We Trust"?

Myth or Mistake?

A viral message circulating since February 2007 claims the motto "In God We Trust" is intentionally omitted from new one-dollar U.S. coins. This rumor is false.

Analysis of Missing Motto on Dollar Coins

No one-dollar coins were produced on which the motto "In God We Trust" was intentionally omitted. According to the U.S. Mint, an unknown number of one-dollar George Washington coins (at least 50,000 of them, by one estimate) were erroneously struck without the motto in 2007 and found their way into the batch of 300 million issued on February 15th of that year.

Rumors began circulating soon afterward to that the religious slogan, which has been a standard inscription on U.S. coins since 1938 and the national motto since 1956, was intentionally omitted from the entire run of one-dollar coins.

That rumor is false, unless government sources are mistaken or lying. What remains unclear is whether it was inspired by the above-mentioned minting error, or the fact that even when properly manufactured, the new coin says "In God We Trust" on its outer edge instead of its face, per the Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005:

(10) In order to revitalize the design of United States coinage and return circulating coinage to its position as not only a necessary means of exchange in commerce, but also as an object of aesthetic beauty in its own right, it is appropriate to move many of the mottos and emblems, the inscription of the year, and the so-called "mint marks" that currently appear on the two faces of each circulating coin to the edge of the coin, which would allow larger and more dramatic artwork on the coins reminiscent of the so-called "Golden Age of Coinage" in the United States...

Former Coins Guide Susan Headley followed the minting snafu since it was first discovered by collectors in February 2007 and summed it up in her Washington Dollar Plain Edge Coins FAQ.

Sample Emails ABout Dollar Coin Hoax

Here's an email contributed by George S. on Feb. 27, 2007:


This new coin came out this month. The U.S. Mint hopes the redesigned $1 coin will win acceptance with consumers.

It does not have In God We Trust on it. Another way of leaving God out.

Send this on and let consumers decide if it will win acceptance or not.

As posted on Facebook on Nov. 21, 2012:

Distribution has begun..... refuse new coins!! True Americans will refuse these. This simple action will make a strong statement. Please help do this...refuse to accept these when they are handed to you. I received one from the Post Office as a change and I asked for a dollar bill instead. The Lady just smiled and said, "Way to go," so, she had read this e-mail. Please help out...our world is in enough trouble without this too!! You Guessed it: "IN GOD WE TRUST" IS TOTALLY GONE FROM THE FRONT AND BACK. IF EVER THERE WAS A REASON TO BOYCOTT SOMETHING THIS IS IT!! DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS. CHANGE TOGETHER AND WE CAN FORCE THEM OUT OF CIRCULATION.

Sources and further reading:

Mint Stops Production of Presidential Dollars Coins, December 19, 2011

Locals Give New Dollar Coin Mixed Reviews
Tribune Democrat (Johnstown, PA), February 25, 2007

Local Man Protests New Dollar Coin
The Daily News (Longview, WA), February 23, 2007

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Emery, David. "New Dollar Coin Omits "In God We Trust"?" ThoughtCo, Aug. 19, 2016, Emery, David. (2016, August 19). New Dollar Coin Omits "In God We Trust"? Retrieved from Emery, David. "New Dollar Coin Omits "In God We Trust"?" ThoughtCo. (accessed October 23, 2017).