“In God We Trust”: New Whitman Publishing Book Explores the Civil War and Its Effects on American Money, Banking, and Religion

(Pelham, Alabama) — Whitman Publishing announces the release of In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion, by numismatic researcher William Bierly. The 352-page hardcover book will debut in November 2019. It will be available from booksellers and hobby shops nationwide, and online (including at www.Whitman.com), for $29.95.

The national motto “In God We Trust” debuted on United States coinage during the chaos and heartache of the American Civil War. It has appeared on our money ever since. Bierly, digging deep into the origins and history of “In God We Trust,” tells its full story for the first time, introducing Reverend Mark Watkinson, the preacher who inspired the Treasury Department to “recognize Almighty God in some form on our coins” . . . Mint Director James Pollock, former governor of Pennsylvania, “a commanding figure” who worked toward the same vision . . . and Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, nephew of an Episcopal bishop, who marshalled the nation’s vast resources and financed the war with bold innovations. President Abraham Lincoln figures in the tale, as does a cast of military generals, wealthy industrialists, poets and artists, powerful bankers, and everyday Americans, North and South.

Bierly shows how the upheaval of the Civil War changed not just the face of our coins and paper currency, but the very foundations of modern American banking and finance.

The story continues into the renaissance of beautiful American coinage started by President Theodore Roosevelt in the early 1900s . . . the religious revival of the 1950s, and the “Unwritten Constitution” . . . legal challenges by modern-day atheists . . . and controversy surrounding “In God We Trust,” public and school prayer, Ceremonial Deism, the separation of Church and State, and other topics very relevant in today’s social and political conversations.

Historian Q. David Bowers, former president of the American Numismatic Association, calls In God We Trust “One of the most detailed, intricate, and fascinating books in the field of American numismatics—and in American history in general.” On the author’s style, Bowers says, “Bierly approaches the subject respectfully on all sides, with color, personality, dashes of humor, and dogged pursuit of the truth.”

In God We Trust is available for preorder now.

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In God We Trust: The American Civil War, Money, Banking, and Religion
By William Bierly; foreword by Q. David Bowers
ISBN 0794845282
Hardcover, 6 x 9 inches, 352 pages, full color
Retail $29.95 U.S.
https://www.whitman.com/store/Inventory/Detail/In-God-We-Trust+0794845282

About the Author

William (Bill) Bierly was raised on a farm near Walkerton, Indiana. As a child he heard stories from his grandparents about two of his great-grandfathers who had served in the Civil War. This led to a lifelong interest in that war and that period of history. At about age eight he began collecting coins from circulating change. Following high school Bierly attended Northwestern University for two years and then completed a degree in sociology and economic development with a minor in Chinese studies at Indiana University. He then worked in India for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in a dairy development project. Back in the United States his interest in coins was rekindled. He soon went abroad again, working for three years in Osaka, Japan. Then in the United States he operated a small business for five years, sold it, and entered graduate school, earning an MBA in finance from Indiana University and embarking on a 25-year career in commercial banking. With his overseas experience Bierly focused on international banking, particularly Japanese corporate business and Asian correspondent banking. He began his career at National Bank of Detroit and he worked with J.P. Morgan Chase for much of his career; at various times at the bank’s Detroit, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio, offices, as well as traveling often to Asia.

While thus engaged, Bierly continued to pursue his coin hobby, eventually specializing in Civil War–era coinage, in particular pattern coins. Today he is active in several coin groups and clubs, most notably the Central States Numismatic Society, the American Numismatic Association, the American Numismatic Society, the Chicago Coin Club, the Michigan State Numismatic Society, and the Pennsylvania Association of Numismatists, as well as the Civil War Token Society and the Liberty Seated Collectors Club. He sometimes exhibits his collection at major coin shows and frequently volunteers as an exhibit judge.

Bierly resides in LaPorte, Indiana. He has two children, Emma and Ken, as well as a granddaughter, Kiki.

All-Time Finest Morgan Dollars Set Will Be Sold Intact

The finest known 1892-CC, graded PCGS MS67+ CAC/PQ with none graded higher, is one of the highlights of the 117-coin, all-time finest Illinois Set Collection of Morgan dollars now being offered intact for $9.7 million. (Photo courtesy of Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company.)

(Woodland Hills, California) October 10, 2019 – The all-time finest collection of Morgan silver dollars that was publicly revealed for the first time earlier this year now is being offered for sale intact. Known as The Illinois Set, the collection is ranked all-time finest in five different circulation strike Morgan dollar categories in the popular PCGS Set Registry® (www.PCGS.com/setregistry).

The 117-coin set has a record-setting PCGS grade point average of 66.59. It contains 51 coins that are the finest known: 15 that are the single finest and 36 others that are tied for finest known. The set’s grade point average surpasses such famous Hall of Fame and previous top Morgan dollar circulation strike sets as Jack Lee, Coronet Collection, California1 and IPS.

“This amazing set of superb quality coins was quietly and patiently acquired over the past 14 years by an Illinois manufacturing company owner whose now completed goal was to assemble the all-time finest collection of its kind,” said Barry Stuppler of Mint State Gold by Stuppler and Company (www.MintStateGold.com) in Woodland Hills, California who assisted the anonymous collector.

The price for the intact collection is $9.7 million.

“The owner would get more money if The Illinois Set coins were offered individually in a major auction, but he wants to keep this historic collection intact. The eventual new owner will acquire the finest Morgan dollar set ever,” Stuppler stated.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • 1880-CC PCGS MS68 PQ, single finest known, ex. Jack Lee.
  • 1883-S, PCGS MS67+ PL PQ/CAC, single finest known, ex. Eliasberg.
  • 1884-S, PCGS MS67 CAC, ex. Jack Lee.
  • 1885-CC PCGS MS68+ CAC, single finest known, ex. Jack Lee.
  • 1892-CC PCGS MS67+ PQ/CAC, single finest known.
  • 1893-S PCGS MS65 CAC.
  • 1901 PCGS MS66, single finest known, ex. Jack Lee.
  • 1903-S PCGS MS67+, single finest known, ex. Eliasberg.

These are the five PCGS Set Registry categories with The Illinois Set now listed as all-time finest:

For additional information about Illinois Set of Morgan dollars, contact Barry Stuppler at Mint State Gold by Stuppler by phone 818-592-2800 or by email at support@mintstategold.com.

United States Mint Unveils 2020 Native American $1 Coin Reverse Design

2020 Native American $1 ReverseANCHORAGE – United States Mint (Mint) Chief Administrative Officer Patrick Hernandez unveiled the reverse (tails) design for the 2020 Native American $1 Coin today during the Alaska Native Brothers and Alaska Native Sisters Convention at Alaska Pacific University.

The theme of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin design is Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination Law. The design features a portrait of Elizabeth Peratrovich, whose advocacy was considered a deciding factor in the passage of the 1945 Anti-Discrimination Law in the Alaskan state legislature. The foreground features a symbol of the Tlingit Raven moiety, of which she was a member. Inscriptions include “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ELIZABETH PERATROVICH,” “$1,” and “ANTI-DISCRIMINATION LAW OF 1945.” United States Mint Medallic Artist Phebe Hemphill created the design and will sculpt it.

“This coin will be a lasting tribute to Elizabeth Peratrovich and her relentless efforts to tear down the wall of discrimination against Alaskan Natives,” said Mr. Hernandez. “We will proudly produce this coin that honors her bravery and determination.”

The obverse (heads) of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin, by sculptor Glenna Goodacre, features the central figure “Sacagawea” carrying her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Inscriptions are “LIBERTY” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” The year, mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the edge of the coin.

Click here to view line art of the 2020 Native American $1 Coin design.

The Native American $1 Coin Program is authorized by the Public Law 110-82 to recognize the important contributions made by Native American tribes and individual Native Americans to the history and development of the United States. The public law mandates that a new reverse design, with an image emblematic of one important Native American or Native American contribution, be issued at a rate of once a year.

Visit to learn more about the Native American $1 Coin Program.

United States Mint: 2019 American Innovation™ $1 Coin Proof Set on Sale on Oct. 11

2019 American Innovation Proof SetWASHINGTON – The 2019 United States Mint American Innovation™ $1 Coin Proof Set (product code 19GA) will be available for purchase beginning on October 11 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $20.95.

The four $1 coins in this set are produced at the San Francisco Mint. Their reverse (tails) designs celebrate significant innovations from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Georgia. Design descriptions for each coin are below.

Delaware

2019 American Innovation $1 - DelawareThe Delaware $1 Coin recognizes astronomer Annie Jump Cannon who developed a system for classifying the stars that is still used today. The design features a silhouette of Ms. Cannon against the night sky, with a number of stars visible. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “ANNIE JUMP CANNON,” “CLASSIFYING THE STARS,” and “DELAWARE.”

Pennsylvania

2019 American Innovation $1 - PennsylvaniaThe Pennsylvania $1 Coin recognizes the creation of a vaccine to prevent polio. The design depicts an artist’s conception of the poliovirus at three different levels of magnification along with the silhouette of a period microscope, representing the extensive research that was conducted to develop a cure for polio. Inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “POLIO VACCINE,” “1953,” and “PENNSYLVANIA.”

New Jersey

2019 American Innovation $1 - New JerseyThe New Jersey $1 Coin honors the development of a lightbulb with a filament that could last 1,200 hours. This design features an Edison bulb against an ornate background. The inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “NEW JERSEY.”

Georgia

2019 American Innovation $1 - GeorgiaThe Georgia $1 Coin recognizes the Trustees’ Garden, established in the 1730s. It was the first agricultural experimental garden in America. The design depicts a hand planting seeds in the inscription “TRUSTEES’ GARDEN,” from which grows a variety of species representing the variety of plants grown in the garden: an orange tree seedling, sassafras, grapes, white mulberry, flax, peaches, olive, and a young shoot too small to be identified. Additional inscriptions are “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “GEORGIA.”

The common obverse (heads) design features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile with the inscriptions “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1.” The obverse also includes a privy mark of a stylized gear, representing industry and innovation. The inscriptions “2019,” “S” mint mark, and “E PLURIBUS UNUM” are incused on the coins’ edge.

The 2019 American Innovation $1 Coin Proof Set will also be available for purchase over the counter at the United States Mint’s sales centers in Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. Inventory is limited to availability and subject to change.

Note: To ensure that all members of the public have fair and equal access to United States Mint products, the United States Mint will not accept and will not honor orders placed prior to the official on-sale date of Oct. 11, 2019, at noon EDT.

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Shipping options are available online at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

United States Mint: America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coins Sets

America the Beautiful Quarters 2019 Circulating Coin SetWASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) will begin accepting orders for the 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters Circulating Coin Set™ (product code 19AC) on October 9 at noon EDT. The set is priced at $8.95.

The 2019-dated set includes ten circulating quarters—five from the Philadelphia Mint and five from the Denver Mint—with reverse (tails) designs honoring Lowell National Historical Park (Massachusetts), American Memorial Park (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), War in the Pacific National Historical Park (Guam), San Antonio Missions National Historical Park (Texas), and Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness (Idaho).

The obverse (heads) of the quarters features the restored 1932 portrait of George Washington by sculptor John Flanagan and the inscriptions “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” “LIBERTY,” “IN GOD WE TRUST,” and “QUARTER DOLLAR.”

The coins are held in a durable plastic card. The packaging allows the coins to be removed if desired..

The Mint accepts orders at catalog.usmint.gov/ and at 1-800-USA-MINT (872-6468). Hearing- and speech-impaired customers with TTY equipment may order at 1-888-321-MINT (6468). Shipping options are available online at catalog.usmint.gov/customer-service/shipping.html.

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