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Finding A Penny Means More Money Is Coming Your Way.

Pennies are often just a nuisance. They don’t seem to be worth much, especially considering their weight, which is decidedly disproportionate to their actual value. So what are they really good for? Well, for centuries, finding a penny has been considered a good omen, an event that suggested something good would happen in the life of the finder. National Lucky Penny Day is all about celebrating this simple superstition and doing what we can to make sure some good does come of pennies.

  • 757 AD – The penny was officially introduced into England in 757 A.D., and they traveled to America with the first settlers.
  • 1793 – The Mint produced its first circulating coins—all $111.78 worth of them—in March 1793. That first batch consisted of 11,178 copper cents.
  • 1857 – Pennies are resized and minted into smaller dimensions.
  • 1909 – Pennies were the first U.S. coin to feature a historical figure… Abraham Lincoln.  The Lincoln penny was introduced in 1909.
  • 2008 – The U.S. spends $134 million to produce $80 million worth of pennies.
  • Well, according to one theory, people originally believed that pennies would bring them a lot of luck due to their religious beliefs.
  • Ancient civilizations believed that copper and other metals were gifts from the gods, which were intended to provide people with protection from evil. This theory was also fueled by a number of other superstitions, such as metal horseshoes and charm bracelets, which people also believed to be lucky.
  • Another has to do with the two sides of a coin, which people believe to be a representation of the battle between evil and good.
  • If you find a penny when it’s head side up, this means that you have luck on your side. However, luck is not going to be as much in your favor if you find a coin and it is tails-side up. Some people say that if you find a penny and it is tails side up, you should flip it the other way round and leave it so that it brings the next person that finds it luck.
  • Do not spend a penny that you find. Instead, save it for luck.
  • If you place a penny in your shoe, it will bring good fortune.
  • Carrying three pennies with you is going to bring you good luck.
  • 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.
  • If you put the first penny you get every day into your pocket, you are going to attract more as the day continues.
  • If you find a penny, it means that there is more money coming your way.
  • If you keep a coin in your baby’s crib, the baby will grow up to be wise, wealthy, and healthy.
  • To secure good luck, you should carry a penny that was minted in your birth year.
  • Having a jar filled with pennies in your kitchen is good luck.
  • If you toss a penny overboard while you are traveling at sea, it will bring you a safe trip.
  • Some also say that you should carry a penny in your pocketbook, which is wrapped in paper, so you are able to say that you are never broke.
  • The first copper pennies as we know them today were manufactured in the United Stated in 1793, as copper was plentiful in that part of the world at the time. When exactly pennies came to be seen as lucky is unknown; however, it this is thought to have been the case for hundreds of years.
  • The U.S. Mint produces more than 13 billion pennies each year, although the official name is the “cent” not penny.
  • Nearly 70% of all coins minted in the U.S. are pennies, and it costs 1.5 cents to make a penny.
  • An estimated 130 billion pennies are currently in circulation.
  • Paul Revere was a silversmith and a contributor to our nation’s coinage. Revere’s metals company once supplied the Mint with rolled copper for the production of early cents.
  • Carry a penny for luck. Some say you should carry a penny wrapped in paper in your pocketbook, so you can say you are never broke.
  • Tossing a penny overboard while traveling at sea guarantees a safe trip.
  • Keeping a jar of pennies in the kitchen is good luck.
  • To secure good luck, carry a penny or coin that was minted in the year you were born.
  • Keep a coin in a baby’s crib, and the baby will grow up to be healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Finding a penny means more money is coming your way.
  • Putting the first penny you receive each day into your pocket will attract more throughout the day.
  • Tossing a penny when you have a problem lets fate take care of the problem for you.
  • The reverse side of pennies have changed over the years.
    • “Wheat” back pennies were made from 1909 to 1958.
    • 1959 to 2008 pennies have the Lincoln Memorial, introduced the year of Lincoln’s 150th birthday.
    • To commemorate Lincoln’s 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln penny, 2009 pennies have four different backs depicting scenes from Lincoln’s life.
    • Pennies from 2010 to present day have a shield, representing the Union shield and Lincoln holding the country together.


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