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We Are One

We Are One Letter Opener

Item # 19356
Price: $19.95
Member price: $17.96

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About this item

The Fugio one-cent piece, authorized by Congress in 1787, was the first official United States coin, and the design is attributed to Benjamin Franklin. The linked circles symbolize the original thireteen sates joined together for strength. "WeAreOne" was a forerunner to the United States motto, "E Pluribus Unum." The other side of the coin features a sundail, the motto, "Fugio" and the admonition, "Mind your Business." The word "fugio" in Lation means, "I flee". Placed with the sun and sundial, the motto was probably meant to mean, "time flies." "Mind your Business," meant "Keep busy at your work as time is getting away from you."

Measures 5 1/2" long and approximately 1 1/8" at its top.

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