Do you remember that saying from when you were a child? Well, if you see one of these copper beauties today, definitely stop to pick it up, for today, we celebrate
National Lucky Penny Day!
While no one seems to know the origin of imbuing the penny with "good luck," the penny is quite the historic gem, today's one-cent piece having been modeled on the ancient Roman denarius. The penny was first introduced in England in 757 A.D. and the coin made its way over to America with the first settlers. The first pennies as we have come to know them today were minted in the United States in 1793 and were made from the plentiful metal at the time, copper.
While pennies are not 'worth' the same as they might have been over 200 years ago, many people still collect these gems in coffee cans, banks, and change jars. They may only be 0.01, but after a while, the numbers begin to add up! Take this National Lucky Penny Day to impart the value of currency to your children; donate your pennies to a charitable organization or the homeless population or the needy or the sick. Go on a 'treasure hunt' and try to find as many pennies as you can today (use the #LuckyPennyDay on social media to record your findings). What other symbols, totems, memories, etc. give you the sensation of luck? Of feeling lucky?