Six New Quarters Coming, ‘In God We Trust’ Motto Moving

by CoinNews.net on December 20, 2007 · 6 comments

In a blaze of actions and to get home for the holidays, the Senate and House tossed together a several hundred page bill named, The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008. The bill has been given to the President and while there’s no guarantee, the signing of it seems likely.

(Editor’s update: President Bush signed the act into law Dec. 26.)

Even with the latest and greatest computer, the digital document takes seconds to load. Reading it in its entirety… well, that’s hours of tedium. Thanks to modern search tools, quicker inspection is possible. And upon review, the bill contains a few nuggets of interest for coin collectors.

Six new state quarters added for 2009

SEC. 622 amends the law to include six more "state" quarters in 2009. The word, state, is in quotes as the new quarters are really for districts and territories. To cut to the chase, the six new quarters are for:

  • The District of Columbia
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • Guam
  • American Samoa
  • The United States Virgin Islands
  • The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

The timing and order of issuance for each quarter:

 

"…Coins minted under this subsection honoring the District of Columbia and each of the territories shall be issued in equal sequential intervals during 2009 in the following order: the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands."

 

‘In God We Trust’ motto moves on Presidential Dollar from coin’s edge to obverse or reverse

SEC. 623 is interesting as well and would cause a design change to the new $1 Presidential coins. The motto, "In God We Trust", would be moved from the edges of $1 Presidential coins to the obverse or reverse. Given current spacing considerations in design and following tradition, it would seem most likely that the motto will be placed on the coin’s face.

The timeline for the changes were made open with the provision:

 

"shall be put into effect by the Secretary of the Treasury as soon as is practicable after the date of enactment of this Act."

 

The full text of the coinage related sections in H.R. 2764

The official bill number for The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2008, is H.R. 2764. If you’re a glutton for punishment, you can read the coin related sections here:

 

SEC. 622. Section 5112 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

`(r) Redesign and Issuance of Circulating Quarter Dollar Honoring the District of Columbia and Each of the Territories-

`(1) Redesign in 2009-

`(A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding the fourth sentence of subsection (d)(1) and subsection (d)(2) and subject to paragraph (6)(B), quarter dollar coins issued during 2009, shall have designs on the reverse side selected in accordance with this subsection which are emblematic of the District of Columbia and the territories.

`(B) FLEXIBILITY WITH REGARD TO PLACEMENT OF INSCRIPTIONS- Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), the Secretary may select a design for quarter dollars issued during 2009 in which–

`(i) the inscription described in the second sentence of subsection (d)(1) appears on the reverse side of any such quarter dollars; and

`(ii) any inscription described in the third sentence of subsection (d)(1) or the designation of the value of the coin appears on the obverse side of any such quarter dollars.

`(2) SINGLE DISTRICT OR TERRITORY DESIGN- The design on the reverse side of each quarter dollar issued during 2009 shall be emblematic of one of the following: The District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

`(3) SELECTION OF DESIGN-

`(A) IN GENERAL- Each of the 6 designs required under this subsection for quarter dollars shall be–

`(i) selected by the Secretary after consultation with–
`(I) the chief executive of the District of Columbia or the territory being honored, or such other officials or group as the chief executive officer of the District of Columbia or the territory may designate for such purpose; and

`(II) the Commission of Fine Arts; and

`(ii) reviewed by the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee.

`(B) SELECTION AND APPROVAL PROCESS- Designs for quarter dollars may be submitted in accordance with the design selection and approval process developed by the Secretary in the sole discretion of the Secretary.

`(C) PARTICIPATION- The Secretary may include participation by District or territorial officials, artists from the District of Columbia or the territory, engravers of the United States Mint, and members of the general public.

`(D) STANDARDS- Because it is important that the Nation’s coinage and currency bear dignified designs of which the citizens of the United States can be proud, the Secretary shall not select any frivolous or inappropriate design for any quarter dollar minted under this subsection.

`(E) PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN REPRESENTATIONS- No head and shoulders portrait or bust of any person, living or dead, and no portrait of a living person may be included in the design of any quarter dollar under this subsection.

`(4) TREATMENT AS NUMISMATIC ITEMS- For purposes of sections 5134 and 5136, all coins minted under this subsection shall be considered to be numismatic items.

`(5) ISSUANCE-

`(A) QUALITY OF COINS- The Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) in uncirculated and proof qualities as the Secretary determines to be appropriate.

`(B) SILVER COINS- Notwithstanding subsection (b), the Secretary may mint and issue such number of quarter dollars of each design selected under paragraph (4) as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, with a content of 90 percent silver and 10 percent copper.

`(C) TIMING AND ORDER OF ISSUANCE- Coins minted under this subsection honoring the District of Columbia and each of the territories shall be issued in equal sequential intervals during 2009 in the following order: the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

`(6) OTHER PROVISIONS-

`(A) APPLICATION IN EVENT OF ADMISSION AS A STATE- If the District of Columbia or any territory becomes a State before the end of the 10-year period referred to in subsection (l)(1), subsection (l)(7) shall apply, and this subsection shall not apply, with respect to such State.

`(B) APPLICATION IN EVENT OF INDEPENDENCE- If any territory becomes independent or otherwise ceases to be a territory or possession of the United States before quarter dollars bearing designs which are emblematic of such territory are minted pursuant to this subsection, this subsection shall cease to apply with respect to such territory.

`(7) TERRITORY DEFINED- For purposes of this subsection, the term `territory’ means the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.’.

 

 

SEC. 623. (a) In General- Section 5112(n)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended:

(1) in subparagraph (C)(i)–

(A) by striking `inscriptions’ and inserting `inscription’; and

(B) by striking `and `In God We Trust’; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

`(F) INSCRIPTION OF `IN GOD WE TRUST’- The design on the obverse or the reverse shall bear the inscription `In God We Trust’.’.

(b) Conforming Amendment- Section 5112(r)(2) of title 31, United States Code, is amended–

(1) in subparagraph (C)(i)–

(A) by striking `inscriptions’ and inserting `inscription’; and

(B) by striking `and `In God We Trust’; and

(2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

`(E) INSCRIPTION OF `IN GOD WE TRUST’- The design on the obverse or the reverse shall bear the inscription `In God We Trust’.’.

(c) Effective Date- The change required by the amendments made by subsections (a) and (b) shall be put into effect by the Secretary of the Treasury as soon as is practicable after the date of enactment of this Act

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

lubby May 6, 2008 at 3:58 pm

keep GOD in america!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JayKay January 2, 2009 at 9:35 pm

Whether a motto appears on the front, side, top, bottom, or edge of a coin is immaterial. God is with you in your heart and head. The little piece of metal doesn’t care, but you as a human being can care, and practice your faith every day.

zack May 31, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I have the district of columbia and the puerto rico quarter. we will always have freedom,liberty,and justice. I collect quarters but my family and god are a lot better.

Rick November 10, 2009 at 8:56 pm

God? What does god have to do with money? Will he give me more of it? Ridiculous. Do you Christians need an explanation on why the sun rises?

bonnie December 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm

I would like to know where to get a book to put my districts and territories quarters

Munzen February 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Rick, THANK YOU for injecting some sense into this so-called discussion. Arguing about where a religious motto should appear on money should be left to the theocratic dictatorships in the Middle East.

It amazes and frightens me how people on the extreme right think it’s more important to force their faith on others than to practice it themselves.

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