Click to enlargeJ277/P328

The "God Our Trust" pattern, a precursor to the familiar "In God We Trust" reverse motto used regularly starting in 1866.

For some correspondence by Longacre regarding the creation of this motto, click here.

This design has the motto on a scroll. A second example has the motto in a plane field above the eagle's head and is known as J279-J280/P330-P331.

Examples were struck from two different obverse dies as shown in the image below:

Date right with shield point near the right side of the '1' in date.

Silver J277/P326

Copper J278/P327

Date left with shield point near the left edge of the '8' in date.

Silver J277/P328 as illustrated at the very top of the page.

Copper J278/P329. Pollock omitted this coin in his book but did leave the number available for it. At least 2 are known including Heritage 3/12 - NGC64RB and a second ex Simpson-Heritage 11/20 - PCGS64RB.

Fewer than a dozen of each variety combined are confirmed. Some of these are believed to be restrikes especially those struck in copper which were 'bronzed'. Full red copper examples are extremely rare.

This design was repeated in 1862 and 1863.

Photo courtesy of Heritage.