What was the motto displayed on the first official penny?
- "Land of the Free"
- "God Bless America"
- "Happiness is a Penny Away"
- "Mind Your Business"
Benjamin Franklin reportedly designed the first American penny in 1787. 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. The phrase “Mind Your Business” and the images on the coin form a rebus (a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures, words and individual letters) which loosely reads, "as time flies, do your work".