Fugio cent

Object Number: 
INV.13669b
Date: 
1787
Medium: 
Copper
Dimensions: 
diameter: 1 1/8 in. ( 2.8 cm )
Marks: 
Struck: Obverse: "FUGIO 1787/MIND YOUR/BUSINESS" Struck: Reverse: "UNITED STATES/WE ARE ONE"
Description: 
Copper cent struck on obverse with resplendant sun and sundial and legend: "FUGIO 1787 / MIND YOUR BUSINESS"; Reverse has chain of thirteen circular links with legends "WE ARE ONE" and "UNITED STATES."
Gallery Label: 
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."
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Creative: Tronvig Group