Pennies used to be a lot snarkier
Renaissance nerd Benjamin Franklin designed America’s first U.S. penny in 1787. Instead of E PLURIBUS UNUM, it was emblazoned with the motto: “MIND YOUR BUSINESS”. Make sure you know these interesting facts about the White House you never learned in history class.
That eagle was a celebrity
The eagle on your money may have a name. From 1830 to 1836, a certain bird swooped into Philadelphia’s U.S. Mint building so often that workers named him “Peter the Mint Eagle,” cared for him, and allegedly used him as a model for coin engravings for years to come.