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Obverse: a sundial, above which is the sun resplendant; Reverse: a circular chain of thirteen links.
The design and inscriptions on the "Fugio" cent, the first coin issued by the United States, were suggested by Benjamin Franklin. The obverse of the one-cent coin features a sun and sundial with the legends "FUGIO" (I fly) and "MIND YOUR BUSINESS," while the reverse depicts thirteen linked chains , representing each of the thirteen colonies, with the legend "WE ARE ONE."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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