WorldNet Daily reported yesterday that the new presidential dollar coins to be released next month will no longer have the motto "In God We Trust" on the face of the coin. Instead the motto will be moved to the thin edge of the new gold-colored dollars, as will the minting date and the motto "E Pluribus Unum". (Artist's rendering of the coin.) The U.S. Mint says the change will permit larger portraits of the presidents on the face of the coins. Some conservatives have found more sinister motives. Judicial Watch's blog, Corruption Chronicles, headlined its posting on this "US Mint Appeases Atheists".
The new dollar coin series will be issued over several years. Each three months, a gold-tinted dollar portraying a different president will be issued. The reverse side of each coin portrays the Statute of Liberty, replacing the word "Liberty" now on all coins. [Thanks to Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars for the information.]