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The 1881 Coronet Type (With Motto) Liberty Gold Eagle (Ten Dollar Gold Piece)

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1881 Coronet Type (With Motto) Liberty Eagle; Designed by Christian Gobrecht; Weight 16.718 grams; 90% gold/10% copper; diameter 27 mm.
The 1881 Coronet Type (With Motto) Liberty Gold Eagle ($10 Gold Piece)

The 1881 Coronet Type (With Motto) Liberty Gold Eagle ($10 Gold Piece)

Photo (c) Harlan J. Berk, Ltd.
American currency did not bear any reference to God at all until an Act of Congress in 1864. This Act permitted the Secretary of the Treasury to direct the mint to include "In God We Trust", if it would fit on the coins. The reason this mention of God was added to the coinage was that during the uncertain times prior to the Civil War, religious folks began petitioning the government to more widely recognize God, lest future centuries think we were heathen.

This Coronet Type Liberty Eagle is identical to the previous issue of Coronet Eagles, with the exception of the banner above the eagle's head on the reverse proclaiming, "In God We Trust." The specimen depicted here was dealer graded MS-60, and sold for $410.00 in June of 2006.
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