Private medals commemorate 1864 anniversary of 'In God We Trust' on 2-cent coins

Issue features designs by U.S. Mint Sculptor-Engraver Donald Everhart II
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Published : 05/08/14
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Inscribed around the top border is HONORING 150 YEARS OF OUR NATION’S MOTTO, with IN GOD WE TRUST along the bottom border.

On the reverse is an eagle atop a shield, with TWO CENTS on a ribbon spanning two laurel branches. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA is inscribed around the top border.

Uram said he received approval from the U.S. Mint for the use of TWO CENTS in the design.

The obverse is based on design elements and preliminary sketch from a collaboration of Thomas Uram — who underwrote the development costs for medal production and is a dedicated collector of 2-cent coins, president of the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists and member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee — and graphic artist Pamela Forcht.

The reverse reflects Everhart’s original design based on suggestions from Uram and Forcht to use elements from the 2-cent coin design.

Northwest Territorial Mint is striking the 1.75-inch medal in brass with a bronze finish, in copper, and in a 2-ounce .999 fine silver version with 24-karat gold leaf accents.

The bronze-finish medal and copper medal are being offered at $19.95 each plus $4.95 shipping and handling, and the silver medal has a beginning price of $149.95, plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Uram said the price on the silver medal will fluctuate based on the spot price of the precious metals.

Mintage for the bronze finish and copper versions will be unlimited. Uram expects the silver version to have a mintage of no more than 500 pieces. Orders will be taken through the end of the year, Uram said.

Uram said March 17 that 25 of the silver medals had already been struck without serial numbers on the edge, but subsequent medals may carry an incuse serial number. There are no plans to edge number the base metal versions, Uram said.

The medals are being offered online through the PAN website; the In God We Trust Museum website; and the Key Enterprises site.

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