The Story of Money: 11--Fugio Cent
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|The Fugio cent of 1787 was the first coin authorized by Congress
The sun and sundial on this coin symbolize time, and together with the Latin word fugio (“I fly”), they express the idea “time flies.” Below the sundial is the phrase “Mind Your Business.” Both mottos have been attributed to Benjamin Franklin. On the back, the 13 links forged into an unbroken chain with the motto “We Are One” represent the uniting of the 13 colonies into one strong nation.