What Is the Fugio Cent?


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The Fugio Cent was the first national copper cent commissioned by the Continental Congress of the Confederation of the United States. The front of the coin has an image of a sun dial and a sun with a face, with the words "Fugio" and "Mind Your Business."

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The reverse of the coin has an interlocked design of 13 rings representing the states of the time, with the words "We Are One" and "United States" in the center.

Their creation was approved on April 21, 1787, and the coins were sent to the U.S. Treasury on May 21, 1788. Only about 400,000 were created, and there are relatively few remaining.

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