U.S. 1864-1871 Two Cent Piece. Yes, there once was a real U.S. 2 cent piece! This short-lived and long-obsolete coin introduced the first inscription of In God We Trust. The motto appeared because of increased religious sentiment during the Civil War. By 1864, the conflict had taken a terrible toll and the motto was intended to help sustain the nation's morale through the ordeal. Abundant laurel surrounds the Union Shield; arrows symbolize weapons of war. On the reverse are sheaves of wheat. Well-preserved Good quality. Our choice of date.