Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In God We Trust

The United States Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 on April 22nd 1864, mandating the words “In God We Trust” to be placed on coins minted as US currency. Due to the increasing religious feeling resulting from the horrors of the Civil War, Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P Chase heard pleas from many Americans asking that God be recognized on US coins. The legislation passed on the 22nd authorized minting a two-cent piece, with the motto in the design.

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