MINDENMINES, Mo. — A Mindenmines business, In God We Trust LLC, will hold an event Saturday to mark the 60th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's signing of a law establishing "In God we Trust" as the national motto of the United States. The phrase appears on all U.S. coins and currency.

Dave Sorrick opened the business, which sells collectible coins and other antiques and artifacts, last year in the former Bank of Minden, 609-611 Main St. Sorrick and his wife also opened Bordertown Auction House in the same building in 2007 and the following year began holding monthly coin and currency auctions.

Sorrick is inviting coin collectors and others to bring items for display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

"In times like these, we’re looking for a small little unifying event in our community that calls upon both that history of that national motto but also a chance to honor God," Sorrick said.

As part of the event, Michelle Staley, a writer with Discover Vintage America, will offer appraisals for $25. Each collector can have Staley review three items, Sorrick said.

The free event also will feature displays of antiques, artifacts and collectibles from local collectors. Collectors of arrowheads and other Native American artifacts, military collectibles, gems, stones and crystals have all committed to attend the event, Sorrick said.

As part of the event, a church service will be held at 7 p.m. at Mindenmines Church of God.

Sorrick called the event "something to give people hope, let people support their faith and wave their flag a little bit."

 

'In God we Trust'

On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law a measure establishing "In God we Trust" as the official motto of the United States. The law also required the motto to be printed on all paper currency. The phrase had been placed on U.S. coins since the Civil War, according to the United States Treasury.

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