The Hidden Message on Ben Franklin’s Fugio Cent

Perhaps the United States wouldn’t have become so politicized had we all followed a good piece of advice from Benjamin Franklin.
In Franklin’s 1737 book, “Poor Richard’s Almanac,” he stated what would be his literal and figurative idea behind money: “A penny saved is two pence clear.” Contrary to popular belief, Franklin, who was known for his invaluable maxims, never wrote the phrase “A penny saved is a penny earned.”
The first coin in circulation in the newly formed United States was the copper Fugio cent. It was designed by Franklin and is sometimes referred to as the “Franklin cent.” Technically, some of the features of the coin were used on earlier proposed colonial coins and currency, but they were never released and not worth a Continental….

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