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. A Measure of Wheat

    The Gold Standard

    On March 14, 1900, the Gold Standard Act was was ratified, which put the United States currency on the gold standard. The United States originally had established a silver standard and with the passage of the Coinage Act of 1792, legal tender status was given to both gold and silver. Many...