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Object Name: Fugio cent
Date: 1787
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Medium: Copper
Dimensions: Overall: 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm)
Place made: North America, United States, New Haven
Description: Die-struck copper Fugio cent; obverse depicts rayed sun at top, sundial in center framed by the legends "FUGIO", "1787", at bottom "MIND YOUR BUSINESS" ;on reverse a chain of thirteen circular links, and the legends “UNITED STATES", "WE / ARE / ONE" in center.
Object Number: INV.13879a
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Marks: Struck: Obverse: "FUGIO 1787 / MIND YOUR/BUSINESS" Struck: Reverse: "UNITED STATES / WE ARE ONE"

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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."