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William Walton (1706-1768)
Oil on canvas
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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."
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.
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