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US Fugio Copper  1787
US Fugio Copper 1787

This is the popular early federal coinage designed by Benjamin Franklin and so named for the word FUGIO ('I fly'). The copper coin was to circulate with the value of one cent, but no denomination is stated on the coin. It is curious that modern American politics has changed dramatically since 1787. 'Mind Your Own Business' is exactly opposite today's 'Political Correctness,' and 'We Are One' is exactly opposite today's 'Strength Through Diversity.'

Evaluating these coins is a bit beyond this simple CoinQuest forum. There are several different varieties of the Fugio copper, and values change with variety. For a good run-down on varieties with value estimates, see this page at CoinAuctionHelp. Further, the coin has been re-struck and reproduced several times, with plenty of un-marked fakes around. You can view a thorough treatment of fugio cents at the Department of Special Collections, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, including a description of restrikes. Authentication by PCGS, NGC, ICG, or ANACS is strongly recommended for any fugio copper.

With the qualifiers of the previous paragraph, we give below some approximate average data:

FUGIO CENT: AVERAGE VALUES FOR THE COMMON VARIETIES
worn: $200 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $1000
well preserved: $3000

FUGIO CENT: UNITED ABOVE, STATES BELOW VARIETY
worn: $600 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $7000
well preserved: $10000

FUGIO CENT: CLUB RAYS WITH CONCAVE ENDS VARIETY
worn: $1000 US dollars approximate catalog value
average circulated: $15000
well preserved: $28000

The values above are catalog values. Read our Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

For a little more insight into value, consider the four coins shown in the graphic below, labeled (A), (B), (C), and (D).


The (A) coin is a superb specimen of a common variety piece sold by Bruun Rasmussen in Denmark for 1700 euros (about $1900 US dollars) during a 2006 auction. The coin would probably sell for $2500 today. CoinQuest thanks Bruun Rasmussen for use of their coin photo.

The (B) coin is at the other end of the spectrum. It is a common variety (club rays with rounded ends) which sold for $175 during a 2009 auction.

The (C) and (D) coins are not genuine. (C) is a modern legal reproduction of a fugio cent which is worth about $10. What makes (C) legal is the word COPY stamped into the design (on the back, not shown). The (D) coin is a fake without the word COPY inscribed. Such fakes are found on auction sites around the Internet. They usually sell for $5 to $10.

Coin: 19613 , Genre: United States
Requested by: Lyndsy, Mon, 20-Jul-2015 06:21:45 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Mon, 20-Jul-2015 14:31:01 GMT
Requester description: 1787 one side has a sun dial and the sun other side features chain link around the border of the coin cent Fugio 1787 mind your business
We are one
Tags: us usa fugio copper coppers bronze coppery brass cupro mind business we one ones sun dial features feature chain border sunrise sunshine sunset sunlight boarder moulding bordering bordered time flies sunburst

  

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