Philadelphia Mint

151 North Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106


American coins are minted in various cities. The city where they are created is usually identified on the face of the coin by the first letter of the city’s name. Thus some coins produced in Philadelphia have a P.

The last act of President Abraham Lincoln to be signed into law before he was assassinated was that all American coins bear the national motto: “In God We Trust.” Why did our leaders choose “In God We Trust” as our national motto? In part, because it is such a foundational theme of the Scriptures. Consider a few of many examples from the Old Testament (KJV):

“The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:3

“He trusted in the LORD God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.” 2 Kings 18:5

“O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.” Psalm 7:1

The motto was actually first suggested by the fourth stanza of Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner,” written in the midst of the bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1812. Our national anthem declares:

O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav'n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!