Coin and Paper Money Collecting/coin faces
jack wrote at 2006-10-12 02:09:26
Please use a spell and grammar checker. I find it hard to believe any information in which the spelling and grammar are corrupt.
sellitstore wrote at 2013-06-24 22:05:48
US coins from all eras can be found with heads facing right or left. There is no special significance to the direction in which the head faces. This was purely an aesthetic consideration.
References to religion were deliberately left off the first coin designs and "In God We Trust" did not appear on coins until 1864 and on paper money until the 1950s, both as a consequence and in the context of an enemy threat.
Typical European coins designs of the late 1700s included "D.G." or "Dei Gratia" (By the Grace of God) to indicate where the ruler obtained his/her authority. George Washington and the Founding Fathers believed that the authority to rule (and strike coins) came from the people, not God.
There have been various urban legends over the years claiming significance in the directions that the portraits on our coins face but none are true. There is simply nothing in the extensive records that exist relating to significance of which direction the head of Liberty (the ONLY head on all our coins until 1859) and subsequent heads face.