I’m not sure how well you can see these but each one has something in common, besides being a form of currency.
Each one of them states: In God We Trust.
This is one of the basic things we have depended on for over 150 years. In God We Trust makes a statement but also states a basic belief that we have relied on and trusted.
I have given you an abbreviated history lesson below. Unfortunately, much of our history is being erased. It isn’t all good, for a matter of fact, some of it is really ugly. BUT, it is still our history and teaches the coming generations of where and what we have come from. What will they learn if it is all destroyed?
What about where we put our trust though? Is it safe? Is it tucked so deeply within our hearts that it can never be taken away or destroyed?
My trust is and always will be, in God. In God I trust. Wholeheartedly and completely.
The capitalized form “IN GOD WE TRUST” first appeared on the two-cent piece in 1864 and has appeared on paper currency since 1957. … The following year, the phrase was used on paper money for the first time—on the updated one-dollar silver certificate that entered circulation on October 1, 1957.
Adding “In God We Trust” to currency, Bennett believed, would “serve as a constant reminder” that the nation’s political and economic fortunes were tied to its spiritual faith. The inscription had appeared on most U.S. coins since the Civil War, when Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase first urged its use.
Chase received many appeals from devout persons throughout the country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity on United States coins. From Treasury Department records, it appears that the first such appeal came in a letter dated November 13, 1861. It was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania.
As a result, Secretary Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861:
Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.
You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.