This Type has no changes to the obverse, but a few modifications were made to the reverse. The oval of stars above the eagle’s head was expanded, and the motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed within that oval. The rays above the oval have also been modified. The shield now has sides that are slightly curved, not straight as on the previous Type, and the eagle’s tail feathers are lower and closer to the lettering of the denomination. Minor changes were also made to the ends of the scrolls, the number of leaves on the scrolls, and the location of the wing tips.
The addition of the motto to our coinage came at the urging of Reverend Mark R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania. The uncertainties and horrors of the Civil War engendered strong religious feelings among the citizenry, and Rev. Watkinson felt this should be acknowledged.
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