diameter: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.8 cm )
Struck: Obverse: "FUGIO 1787/MIND YOUR/BUSINESS" Struck: Reverse: "UNITED STATES/WE ARE ONE"
Die-struck copper "Fugio cent"; "FUGIO", "1787", "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" on obverse, rayed sun at top, sundial in center; circular chain of thirteen links on reverse, "UNITED STATES", "WE / ARE / ONE" in center.
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.