Sunday, March 11, 2007

New Presidential Dollars: 'Godless' Coins or History Lessons? (

The new one-dollar presidential coins have elicited a wide variety of reactions, with some experts criticizing them as "godless" and the legislators who promoted the new design praising them as "a great opportunity for educating both children and adults about the history of our country."

"I thought it was a slick move by the government to take it step-by-step but eventually not have 'In God We Trust' on the front or back of any coin," Troy Thoreson, president of Thoreson Numismatics in Los Banos, Calif., told Cybercast News Service on Thursday."

When this story first started to develop from the U.S. Mint, I could see the writing on the wall," said Thoreson, whose primary expertise is in dealing with modern coins. . . .

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