1. The Archetype

    "In God We Trust"

    On April 22, 1864, the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act of 1864 with the mandate that the inscription In God We Trust be placed on all coins minted as United States currency. These words were placed on American coins at this time due to an increase in religious sentiment during the Civil...
  2. Anomaly

    Executive Order 6102

    President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 on April 5, 1933. This order forbade the "hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates" by United States citizens. Violators of the order faced a fine of up to $10,000 (nearly $200,000 in today's money) or up to ten years...