Fifty Years of God and Money

October 1st marks the 50th anniversary of the appearance of “In God We Trust” on U.S. paper currency. The phrase has been on coins since 1864. It became the U.S. motto in 1956 and made its first appearance on U.S. currency the following year.

There’s a fascinating history of how the phrase found its way onto our coins and currency . It’s basically the result of a lobbying effort among people of faith during the Civil War. You can also learn about the symbolism on the back of our currency – the pyramid, the All-Seeing Eye, and more. Having the motto on all of our money is a good and constant reminder of Who owns it all.


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