May 23 – Lucky Penny Day

Posted May 23, 2015

“See a penny, pick it up...
All the day, you'll have good luck!”

That familiar almost-rhyme is either much easier to follow, these days, or much tougher to follow. I'm not sure which! Watch out for pennies, and get back to me!

You see, pennies used to be worth something. You could buy so many kinds of candy for a penny a piece, stores used to call their bulk candy aisles “Penny Candy.” (Also, there was a 1954 song by that name!) 

Now, a single piece of candy - or even a gumball - is usually worth a nickel, a dime, or even more.

So, since you can't buy anything at all with a single penny, and since machines that accept coin payment for food don't accept pennies, I would think that hardly anyone would bother to pick up any pennies that happen to fall...And that would (it seems to me) make it a lot easier to find pennies.

But, on the other hand, since pennies are so worthless these days, most of us don't even want to bother with them in our pockets or coin purses, so we leave them in donation jugs or those little “take a penny, leave a penny” trays. And that would mean that there would be a lot fewer pennies falling in the first place, which would make it a lot harder to find pennies!

Are pennies really lucky?

Of course, picking up a penny cannot change your “luck.” The belief that it could is a superstition – a bit of folklore that tells us that people wished that they could control their lives, including all the uncontrollable things like weather and other people's and animals' behavior. In actual fact, good and bad things happen to everybody.

  • Educate yourself on how obsolete pennies are here.

Right now it takes more than two cents to make a
single penny. That means our government goes a
little bit more in debt with every penny it makes.

And it makes billions of pennies a year!
  • Educate yourself on what your old (and I mean really old) pennies are here

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