New Dollar Not Worth Two Bits?
Date Added: Mar. 8, 2007
On February 15, the U.S. Mint unveiled a new $1 coin, once again trying to get Americans to embrace the much-ignored currency alternative. The design is innovative and incorporates several first-of-a-kind elements. One of those elements, in particular, led to the misunderstanding that spawned this chain letter, but there is an element of truth to it.
U.S. Government to Release New Dollar Coins
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If ever there was a reason to boycott something, THIS IS IT!!!!
DO NOT ACCEPT THE NEW DOLLAR COINS AS CHANGE
Together we can force them out of circulation. Please send to all on your mail list !!!
Christianity is an integral part of U.S. history. But, recently, what role religion can appropriately play in a very diverse modern society has become a very contentious issue. How the government deals with mentions of God and religion is a frequent object of criticism in e-mail chain letters. Most often, the omission was inadvertent or officials had, in their minds, a good reason. Examples include outrage over a Texas post office that allegedly banned posters that contained the phrase "In God We Trust." Another Example is the furor that erupted when a visitor to the newly opened World War II memorial noticed the phrase "so help us God" was missing from a quote by President Roosevelt. And, let's not even get started on the controversy surrounding the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. The U.S. Mint is the latest target of e-mail outrage, allegedly deciding that the national motto, "In God We Trust," has no place on its new one-dollar coin.
The new Washington Presidential Dollar, launched on February 15, 2007, is the first in a series of gold-toned one-dollar coins to feature visages of U.S. Presidents, starting with George Washington and progressing in chronological order, with a new one each year. This is the Mint's latest attempt to encourage the public to embrace the alternate currency, which has been been very slow to catch on. About 300 million of the coins were released. It is the slightly non-traditional design of the new coin that may have led to the current confusion.
From a January 25, 2007, U.S. Mint news release announcing the new design:
The new Presidential $1 Coins will be used in commerce and collected. They are also educational and fun with four new designs, each featuring an American President, issued each year. A stunning depiction of the Statue of Liberty will be on the reverse side. For the first time since the 1930s, coin inscriptions such as “E Pluribus Unum” and “In God We Trust” will be prominently inscribed on the edge of the coins [emphasis added].
The chain letter above began circulating in the days leading up to the release of the coins and was most likely the result of promotional photos printed in may outlets that showed only the front and back of the coin, leading many to assume the mint had left the national motto off the coins. However, real events that unfolded after this chain originated lend credence to it. News outlets in early March reported that, due to a manufacturing error, approximately 50,000 of the new coins were minted with out the edge inscriptions. The mint and collectors are working at removing the erroneous coins from circulation. Break this Chain.
References: U.S. Mint (Jan. 25, 2007), Dollar Coin Web Site, Associated Press