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God Motto Relocated on 09 Dollars
By Numismatic News

If the Presidential dollars fail, it will not be because nobody is talking about them.

The latest information coming from the Mint introduces the new 2009 obverse design template that includes the national motto, "In God We Trust."

Originally, the Presidential dollar coins were designed to put the motto along with the date, mintmark and "E Pluribus Unum" on the edge.

After the uproar in 2007 when the Washington dollar made its appearance, some claimed the coins didn't have the motto on them at all, earning them a label in the popular media of "Godless dollars."

Congress passed a law mandating the relocation of the motto to the obverse. Congressional action did not occur in time to affect 2008-dated dollar coins.

The first 2009 coin to bear the relocated motto will honor President William Henry Harrison, who died shortly after his 1841 inauguration.

This will change the edge inscriptions.

The Mint says where there are single dots called delimiters between the inscriptions, on 2009 coins there will be three stars between "E Pluribus Unum" and the mintmark and 10 stars between the date and "E Pluribus Unum."

This edge lettering will be the same on the 2009 Native American $1 coin, which uses the Sacagawea obverse design with changing reverse designs.

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