This dollar bill from Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “short snorter” (a military tradition of signing local currency) is missing something - our national motto.
Why? Well, it wasn’t until General Eisenhower became President Eisenhower that our country even had a national motto. On July 30, 1956, President Eisenhower signed a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress authorizing “In God we trust” as the national motto. Modern American currency now includes this motto on the back of each bill.
This dollar bill is currently on display in the National Archives Museum’s “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures" in the O’Brien Gallery.