The reverse side of this Type is marked by a scroll situated above the eagle, showcasing the motto IN GOD WE TRUST in raised relief. Apart from this scroll, it closely resembles the No Motto Type.
The incorporation of this motto into our coinage stemmed from the urging of Reverend Mark R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania. The upheaval and hardships of the Civil War stirred profound religious sentiments within the population, prompting Rev. Watkinson's belief that acknowledgment was necessary. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase concurred, and utilizing his discretion in coin inscriptions, he initially introduced the motto to the 2-cent piece in 1864. Originally intended as "In God Our Trust," the wording was potentially influenced by Chase's association with his alma mater. Chase had graduated from Brown University, where the motto IN DEO SPERAMUS translates to "IN GOD WE HOPE." It's believed that Chase drew upon this when finalizing the precise wording of the motto. The Coin Act of March 3, 1865 granted the Treasury discretionary authority to incorporate the motto "on all coins able to accommodate it," indicating coins of sufficient size. The Mint interpreted this as encompassing all silver coins larger than a dime, half eagles, eagles, and double eagles. It wasn't until 1908 that Congress mandated the inclusion of the motto on gold and silver coins. Subsequently, in 1955, Congress passed legislation enforcing the motto's presence on all coins.
Excluding 1873, nearly all With Motto Half Eagles dated before 1878 bear low mintages, rendering them rare and highly valuable. The root cause can be traced back to the Civil War era. During that period, gold coins were hoarded, leading banks to suspend specie payments. This hoarding contributed to a dual-tier pricing system: transactions conducted with paper currency incurred higher costs compared to those using gold. The minting of gold coins primarily catered to international trade, bank reserves, and specific contractual obligations demanding payment solely in gold. However, the year 1873 presents an exception, as the Treasury introduced substantial quantities of old, worn, obsolete gold coins for re-coinage. Following the resumption of specie payments by banks in 1878, mintages surged dramatically, flooding the economy with immense numbers of half eagles.
This coin is actively sought after both as a Type and within a diverse array of collections. In addition to sets organized by date or date and mintmark, another sought-after approach involves acquiring a single coin from each of the seven Mints that produced half eagles. Remarkably, half eagles are the only coin to have been minted across all seven U.S. Mints.
A LITTLE STICKER MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Within each number of the coin grading scale is a small range of condition from low-end to high-end. Certified coins of the same grade can be of varying quality. Many of today’s collectors want coins that are solid or premium quality for their assigned grade. CAC holds coins to a higher standard so you can be confident in the value of yours. We verify previously graded coins … and award our sticker only to those coins that meet the standard for today’s selective buyer.
WHAT THE CAC STICKER MEANS:
Verified. Your coin has been verified as meeting the standard for strict quality within its grade.
Guaranteed. CAC stands behind our verification.
THE CAC STICKER IS BACKED BY EXPERIENCE.
CAC was founded by leading members of the numismatic community, including John Albanese, a respected authority on coin grading and the rare coin market.
The pricing quoted on this page is based on the current market price for this precious metal, which constantly fluctuates and we continuously update from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
You will be charged the price listed at the time you place your order and it is confirmed as paid. If your order was not confirmed as paid, it may need to be reviewed by our fraud team and your price will not be locked in until you speak with a Blanchard account representative.
To protect against the rare event of abnormally volatile market conditions, we reserve the right to deny pricing quoted on this website.
You will be charged the market price at the time you lock in your order with us.