What was the first American currency ever produced?
The first official circulation coin in the United States was the Fugio cent, sometimes
referred to as the Franklin cent. There are many who claim that Benjamin
Franklin created this 0.36 oz (10 g) copper coin, which was produced
in 1787. The 1776 dollar coin designed by Benjamin Franklin bears a
striking resemblance to the coin. It was created as pattern pieces with the
intention of becoming Continental money, but it was never put into circulation.
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