Yellow Gold Bezel Set 1864 2 Cent Penny Necklace
- 18k Yellow Gold
- 30" Wheat Chain
- Front: IN GOD WE TRUST is displayed on a ribbon above the shield and arrows on the obverse. The date appears directly below the shield.
- Back: The reverse bears a simple wreath surrounding the statement of value 2 CENTS an encircled, in turn, by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The two cent piece was one of the least successful coins in the U.S. history: The United States Mint produced it for only 10 years, and each year the mintage declined, reflecting steadily fall public interest in the coin. Yet, despite its failure as a medium of exchange, the two-cent piece made a singular and enduring contribution to the nation's coinage history, for this was the coin that introduced the motto IN GOD WE TRUST. The motto and the coin itself were both direct results of the Civil War. Not until 1955 did Congress enact legislation requiring the inscription on all U.S. Coins.