Lucky Penny Day

A children’s rhyme about the humble one-cent piece (“Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck”) yet there are some groups who want to eliminate the penny from general currency. But note – May 23 is ‘Lucky Penny Day’.

While it’s true that pennies cost more to produce than they’re actually worth and fewer people than ever actually use them these days, they remain a sentimental favorite of anyone with fond memories of buying small treats with them way back when. Since they may not be around much longer, this is one holiday you should celebrate while you still can.

Finding a penny is still consisted of good luck, yet others believe that only a penny lying face-up should be picked up. The latter thought stems from an ancient belief that there is a battle between good and evil.

Other lucky activities related to a penny are: Throwing a penny coin over your left shoulder into a wishing well or water will grant your wish. Tossing a penny when you have a problem enables fate to take care of the issue for you. Coins with holes in them are considered especially lucky.

Now if three pennies are found, it means the bearer will have great fortune and good news. The energy from three pennies may push you to be better and to get going. It is a creative number and many people consider it to be lucky. Finding comfort in three pennies will help you to keep moving forward in life.

True, years ago, one penny could buy something. Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much of anything. The metal value and cost of minting pennies exceed their face value. Many nations have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States.

The United States first issued a one-cent coin produced by a private mint in 1787. Benjamin Franklin designed it. On one side, it read “Mind Your Business” and on the other “We Are One.” This coin was made of 100% copper and was larger than today’s penny. It came to be known as the Fugio cent. However, the first pennies struck in a United States Mint weren’t produced until 1793, but they were also made of copper.

Photo: Lucky Penny Day – May 23rd.

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