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Object Name: Fugio cent
Date: 1787
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Medium: Copper
Dimensions: Overall (diameter): 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.13867c
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Marks: Struck on obverse: "FUGIO 1787 / MIND YOUR / BUSINESS"; struck on reverse: "UNITED STATES / WE ARE ONE"

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Fugio cents were the first coins struck by the United States for regular circulation.


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