National Lucky Penny Day:
Celebrated on May 23rd every year, National Lucky Penny Day is all about remembering the good luck we have in our lives.
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Why National Lucky Penny Day?
There was a time when pennies could buy you almost anything you want and more in most countries. The coin has since then lost its value that many countries including the US are looking at stopping the usage of these pennies. While this happens, the pennies are also considered to be a lucky coin to have. You might wonder why pennies, which have the least currency value considered lucky. Pennies are minted out of copper and copper is considered to be a precious metal once. So if you find a penny, you are considered to be a very lucky person. There was also the thought that finding a penny can make your day good or bad. While the pennies may have lost their value now, National Lucky Penny Day is about looking back at the past and appreciating these pennies.
How can we celebrate National Lucky Penny Day:
With the inflation, the pennies might have lost their monetary worth. However, they have not yet lost their shine for bringing luck with many people still believing it to be a sign of luck.
- The best way to spend this day is to search for a penny. As you find the penny you might find the luck turning in your favor too, if the superstition is to be believed.
- You can look for the different pennies in your house and check when they were minted and count as to how much you are holding.
- You can also hide some pennies and play a game with your kids on who finds the most pennies. This would make for an interesting game of treasure hunt.
- There are many penny crafts that you can indulge in using the pennies at home.
- There are the penny cookies you can try making at your home or buying them from the nearby store and enjoying them on this day.
- Research through history on the superstitions associated with pennies from different regions of the country.
Do everything you love about pennies on this day and share your ideas and theories on pennies with everyone. Include the hashtag #NationalLuckyPennyDay in your social media posts to bring attention to these little interesting copper treasures.
Interesting facts about National Lucky Penny Day:
There have been plenty of interesting facts over decades on the pennies and here are some to fascinate you on this day.
- The one-cent coin from the US was made of 100% copper and it featured the engravings of the words “We Are One” on one side and “Mind your business” on the other side.
- Pennies and dimes, though different in colors are almost similar in their size.
- During the war, copper was in demand for Warcraft. At this time, pennies were minted with zinc-coated steel material giving them a silvery shine. This made them look similar to the dime.
- While the value of a penny might just be one cent, the actual cost of minting a penny amounts to 1.5 cents. This means that minting the pennies incurs a loss for the government.
- It was on Lincoln’s birth anniversary when the first Lincoln penny was circulated. Abraham Lincoln was also the first historically famous personality to be featured on the coin in the US.
- There is an 80% chance of landing on tails when you spin or toss a penny.
- There is a saying which asks people to leave a penny in the shoe of the bride to bring them good luck. While practically this might add a blister to the wearer, the superstition did exist at one point.
- The metallic smell from pennies is caused when the sweat of humans mixes with the metal.
- A penny can last as long as 25 years post which they become too worn out to be used.
History of National Lucky Penny Day:
There is no specific information available as to who and how this day started. But we do know the history of the pennies in the US. The first one-cent coin was introduced in the year 1787 and it was designed by Benjamin Franklin. The first penny was minted in the year 1793 and was made of copper too and it became a superstitious belief that finding a penny is good luck to have on your side.