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Fugio cent

Fugio cent
Title
Fugio cent
Date 
1787
Medium 
Copper
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 x 2 in. ( 2.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description 
Copper cent struck on obverse with sun and sundial and legend: "FUGIO 1787 / MIND YOUR BUSINESS"; Reverse has thirteen linked circles with legends "WE ARE ONE" and "UNITED STATES."
Object Number 
598
Gallery Label 
Congress passed a resolution on April 21, 1787 to produce the first U.S. copper cent for regular circulation. Over 400,000 "Fugio" cents, which meant "time flies," were minted, but never saw much use, as the contract for their production was voided a year later.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group