Smithsonian

Banknote: Continental, February, 17, 1776, front

Benjamin Franklin created the designs on this banknote. The front of the bill features a sundial with the “Fugio” legend and the “Mind Your Business” motto. The dots in the corners of the design reflect the denomination, with one dot designating a sixth of a dollar, two dots a third, three dots a half, and four dots two-thirds of a dollar.

Credit: Continental, February, 17, 1776, front, National Numismatic Collection, National Museum of American History.