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1890 Explanation for IGWT motto.

RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

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    PennyGuyPennyGuy Posts: 143 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting this. I like the overview of the Motto history.

    "A penny hit by lightning is worth six cents". Opie Taylor

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    BillDugan1959BillDugan1959 Posts: 3,821 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Beautiful handwriting provided many persons with a living before the age of the typewriter!

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    AUandAGAUandAG Posts: 24,539 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Wonderful letter. Thanks!

    bob :)

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    logger7logger7 Posts: 8,091 ✭✭✭✭✭

    1864 was the first year that the motto appeared: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_God_We_Trust

    The Civil War was the bloodiest in US history, a few years ago it was revised upward, and it is understandable during that terrible time there were loud calls for divine help: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/03/science/civil-war-toll-up-by-20-percent-in-new-estimate.html

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    divecchiadivecchia Posts: 6,528 ✭✭✭✭✭

    The cursive writing is beautiful. It is now becoming a lost art as it is no longer taught in school. I won a few penmanship awards in the 3rd and 4th grades.

    Thanks for sharing this letter about the Motto on our coins.

    Donato

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    RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited October 22, 2017 1:27PM

    [Side Note. One of the tests given clerks was handwriting. I recall that it counted 20%. This and other volumes consist of what are called "fair copies" of correspondence. The Director dictated to a clerk who took shorthand, then transcribed the official letter. Once approved for content, another clerk copied it into 8-page signatures. These were later bound into 500-page volumes, and the pages numbered with a digit stamp. Another clerk, usually the lowest ranking one, built an index of recipients and page numbers. Some clerks did nothing but this job for the entire career.]

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    RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Rev. Watkinson actually suggested completely new coin designs that including mentioning the deity. He did not actually propose a motto - that was Pollock's idea.

    (A detailed rendition of the story will be found in Renaissance of American Coinage 1905-1908. It includes quotations from congregation members concerning Watkinson.)

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    OnastoneOnastone Posts: 3,786 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Our Country, Our God. That really points us to a unity. God Our Trust is also nice.

    Other mottos that didn't make the cut:

    Money for God's Sake
    Bless this Buck
    God's Gold
    Our Daily Bread
    Bank on God
    Trust no One
    Good God Lord
    Golden God
    Cash is King
    A Dollar a Day
    Pennies From Heaven
    God's Savings and Trust

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    RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    You forgot to mention "Dog Our God"

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    astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @RogerB said:
    You forgot to mention "Dog Our God"

    ... or in palindrome form "dog r god"

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    ldhairldhair Posts: 7,124 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @divecchia said:
    The cursive writing is beautiful. It is now becoming a lost art as it is no longer taught in school. I won a few penmanship awards in the 3rd and 4th grades.

    Thanks for sharing this letter about the Motto on our coins.

    Donato

    I was always in trouble in school. They were teaching both and I could not keep the teacher happy. I still use both.
    Cool letter.

    Larry

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    rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great letter..... The amount of historical information that comes to light on this forum is amazing. Cheers, RickO

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    1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Great history once again, thanks :smile:

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    gripgrip Posts: 9,962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good stuff.

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    RogerBRogerB Posts: 8,852 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @astrorat said:

    @RogerB said:
    You forgot to mention "Dog Our God"

    ... or in palindrome form "dog r god"

    Even better! Should be on all our coins and paper currency. ;)
    (PS: My late dog, Ivan, agrees!)

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