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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - U.S. currency keeps evolving
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Roger Allen

    The  popular and informal "National Motto" of the United States, "In God We Trust," was ordered to be added to all currency in 1955, and first appeared on the 1957 $1 Silver Certificates and then the 1963 Federal Reserve Notes. The American dollar was redesigned once again in 1996, when new $100 and then $20 bills were released to foil counterfeiters. Unfortunately, they soon had copies of the new bills flowing freely.
    In October 2003 a completely new American currency was released: the first, a $20 dollar bill, had yellow and blue colors, blueish-green and peach-colored background, and incorporated a color-shifting ink that changed from copper to green; the new $50 bill had a distinct pale blueish-red and peach-colored background; the new $10 bill, had orange, yellow and red hues; and then the new $5 bill, had purple in the middle that changed to grey on the corners of the bill.
    Officials from the U.S. Department of the Treasury unveiled the new design for the $100 note on April 21, 2010, but then announced that due to a manufacturing problem the bill's release would be delayed. It turns out that as many as 30% were unusable due to having a vertical crease in the paper which revealed a blank space on the bill when pulled out. There is still no new date for its re-release.
    The other major change in recent currency design was the release of the "Bicentennial" $2 dollar bill in 1976 that featured the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the reverse. Said to be a move by the Bureau of Engraving to phase out the $1 dollar bill, it was followed by the release of the much-maligned Susan B. Anthony $1 coin, that closely resembled and was often confused for the quarter-dollar coin.
    Undeterred, the United States Treasury has released another $1 coin, or the "Golden Dollar," which used the politically correct themes of a woman and a Native American (Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark's interpreter) in an apparent unsuccessful effort to garner more public support. About the only place you will find these two coins now is in the stamp vending machine at your local post office.
   
    Roger Allen is a local lover of history. Allen provides a brief look at Bulloch County's historical past. Email Roger at rwasrer53 @gmail.com

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