On our money

The first usage of E Pluribus Unum on American coins was in 1786 by New Jersey.  It is assumed that the die from an attempt to get it minted on federal coins was used for the first minting.

 

1786 COPPER New Jersey Copper Curved Beam Narrow Shield2

Copper from the 1786 minting

 

E Pluribus Unum has appeared on coins since 1795  and has graced the back of $1 notes since 1935. The phrase has been required on all U.S. coinage by law since February 12, 1873.

 

1935 Dollar bill (notice what is not on this bill).

1935 Dollar bill (notice what is not on this bill).

1798-coin

U.S. Coin from 1798

 

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