Godless coins released in US mint cock-up
America is braced for a nationwide treasure hunt as the Philadelphia mint confirmed it had made a mistake when minting some of a new batch of dollar coins.
The coins were supposed to have the traditional "E Pluribus Unum" inscription, along with "In God We Trust" around the edges. But due to an unholy error, both inscriptions were left off. The mint was not able to say how many of the 300 million coins the error had affected, but issued a statement saying that it was taking the necessary steps to correct the defect.
"The United States Mint understands the importance of the inscriptions 'In God We Trust' and 'E Pluribus Unum' as well as the mint mark and year on US coinage. We take this matter seriously," it said.
"We also consider quality control a high priority. We are looking into the matter to determine a possible cause in the manufacturing process."
Coins with minting errors are always collectable, particularly when the run with the error is only small.
According to Reuters, one of the uninscribed coins has already sold on eBay for $405. Although that is already a nice return on the initial dollar "investment", hanging on to it for a while could pay huge dividends.
In 1922 a mistake in the minting process meant a number of one cent pieces were issued without a "D" for the Denver Mint they were stamped at. One of these coins would sell today for up to $10,000, according to Robert Hoge, curator at the Numismatic Society. ®
Perhaps you meant 'article'? ;¬)
Mike - whilst you are quite correct that there was no suggestion that "e pluribus unum" means "in God we trust" you might want to make sure you spell "article" correctly before gloating.
More to the point, are they really likely to be *that* collectible? In one or two centuries, maybe so, but in the near future, I doubt it very much. Also, the "In God We Trust" inscription is a recent addition to US currency anyway.
mark [sic], which part of ".co.uk" do you not understand?
Reply to the "Not In "God We Trust" as you said." person
The artical never said that E pluribus unum means "God We Trust" it says ..."E Pluribus Unum" inscription, ALONG WITH "In God We Trust"...
Read the artical before you comment :D