Filled with history, the two-cent piece goes back to the days of the Civil War. It was a time of bloodshed, when families turned against each other – depending on where they lived – and of economic hardship. Circulating coinage vanished from the avenues of commerce. To alleviate the problem, a new two-cent piece was proposed. One of the significant features of the new 2¢ coin was the motto in god we trust. A letter, written in 1861 by Rev. M. Richard Watkinson, inspired Mint Director James Pollock. Watkinson's letter pointed out U.S. coinage did not recognize God, so Pollock remedied the problem by ordering a motto be added to the two-cent piece. And, this now-vanished denomination – the historic two-cent piece – became the first U.S. coin to bear the motto.
- Mint Mark: Philadelphia
- Product Type: Single Products
- Year: 1873