TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What Message Was on the First American Penny?

Benjamin Franklin reportedly designed the first American penny in 1787.
By PS

Known as the Fugio cent, it bears the image of a sun and sundial above the message “Mind Your Business.” A chain with 13 links, each representing one of the original colonies, encircles the motto “We Are One” on the reverse. 

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