In God We Trust

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"In God We Trust" is the official motto of the US. It is found on all American currency, a few state flags, several stamps, and monuments in state capitals. Also the official motto for the state of Florida. The origin of this phrase may be Psalm 56:4 - "In God I have put my trust."[1]

The phrase first appeared on an American coin in 1864. It became law in 1956 after an Act of Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law. Thereafter it appeared on all US coinage.[2]

For nearly 150 years many United States dollar coins included this motto on one flat side of the coin,[3] but in 2007 the new George Washington dollar coin includes this motto only in small print on the edge of the coin.

President Dwight Eisenhower's public remarks on In God We Trust motto, Flag Day 1956:[4]

"In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith
in America's heritage and future; in this way we shall constantly
strengthen those spiritual weapons which forever will be our country's
most powerful resource in peace and war."

Some atheistic liberals have attempted to have the phrase removed from currency, going so far as to mark out the phrase saying, incorrectly, that the Constitution forbids it.

George Washington praying at Valley Forge. In God We Trust enscribed.


  1. NASB quoted here.
  2. Fact Sheet on the History of 'In God We Trust' (English). U.S. Treasury. Retrieved on 2007-09-29.
  3. and after 1956 it appears on every single coin or bill minted in the US