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Oh no! God-less dollars?
Dollars without “IN GOD WE TRUST” found
You may have heard it on the news – “The United States government has released coins with the US motto In God We Trust on them. Perhaps the news report you heard made it sound like the government was out to make “atheist coins” on purpose. That’s hardly the case. Read on to learn the real story about the Godless dollars.
Presidential Dollar Series Released
At the beginning of 2007 the first of a
new US dollar coin series
In God We Trust on the Edge of the Washington Presidential Dollar coins
Click here to see the new Presidential $1 coin features.
How did “God” get on the edge?
To add the edge lettering, first the front and back of the coins are stamped using the normal minting process. At this point the coins do not have edge lettering. Next, the dollars are moved through a separate machine that adds the edge lettering: The year and mint mark, along with the US mottos In God We Trust and E Pluribus Unum.
You can probably guess by now what happened.
US mint officials acknowledge that probably one batch (or part of a batch) of presidential coins missed the edge lettering machine process resulting in “God-less” dollars, no edge lettering on that batch of dollars.
Godless Dollars - a Rarity?
The exact number of plain edge dollars minted is unknown. They seem to be hard to find. At the time of this writing God-less, plain edge dollars are selling from about $100 for very low grade plain edge errors to $300 or $400 for higher grade certified dollar coins.
Presidential coins are golden colored but not really made of the metal gold. The P and D mint mark dollars are minted for general public release into the banking system and will be available at local banks (if your bank will order them).
S mint dollar coins are only available in special proof sets sold by the US mint and some coin dealers. These proof presidential dollar coin sets are housed in special hard plastic cases where the edge lettering of the presidential coins are also visible.
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