Humor Urban Legends New Dollar Coin Omits "In God We Trust"? Myth or Mistake? Share PINTEREST Email Print Bill Koslosky, MD/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 Humor Urban Legends in the News Classic & Historic Legends Rumors & Hoaxes Animal Folklore Scary Stories By David Emery David Emery is an internet folklore expert, and debunker of urban legends, hoaxes, and popular misconceptions. He currently writes for Snopes.com. our editorial process David Emery Updated February 13, 2020 A viral message circulating since February 2007 claims the motto "In God We Trust" was 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... Sample Viral Emails About Dollar Coin Hoax Here's an email from 2007: NEW DOLLAR COINThis 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.