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Lucky Penny Day

Updated on September 5, 2014

Celebrate Lucky Penny Day

May 23 is Lucky Penny Day. It's a day to celebrate luck and the almighty penny. Finding a penny is one of the most common symbols of luck because errant pennies are so ubiquitous. Almost every time you go outside you can find a penny if you're looking for one, but when was the last time you stumbled across a horseshoe? To celebrate Lucky Penny Day take a walk around your neighborhood and look for stray pennies. I've always felt that if you find a penny that is dated the year of your birth then that is extra good luck. You can also drop pennies on the ground for other people to find to give others good luck.

What should today be about?

Use today to consider the nature of luck. Luck isn't something you find waiting for you on the ground. It's something you create for yourself. Use today to decide what you really want out of your life and make a plan to get it. If you want a better job then get your resume in order and decide where you want to apply or talk to your boss about what you need to do to get a promotion at work. If you want to move then make a plan to start saving money for moving expenses. If you want to start your own business then think about starting small so you can use money and time you already have and let your business grow so you can keep your current job while you're waiting for your own business to take off. Think about what would make you feel lucky to have and start working to get it.

Also think about all the luck you already have. If you have a job, even if you hate your job, count yourself lucky. If you're close to your family, count yourself lucky. If you're in good health, count yourself lucky. If you have a car, count yourself lucky. It's easy to take everyday luck for granted. Be happy for what you have. Remember that at some point everything you have was new to you, and you were so happy to get it. When you got your first job, having your own money that you really earned was probably the proudest moment in your life at the time. When you first got a car, that's the most exciting thing in the world to a young person. Take a look around you and enjoy the luck that has already blessed your life. Most people have something to be happy about, even if it's something small.

Origins of the Lucky Penny

Why a lucky penny? It was once believed that metal was a "gift from the gods," and finding a piece of metal was a blessing from above. The familiar adage "See a penny, pick it up..." may have originated from "See a pin, pick it up..."

Psychology Behind Lucky Pennies

Superstitions give people a false sense of control over uncontrollable situations. That false sense of control translates into a real confidence boost. This confidence boost can be very useful in helping a person be proactive in getting what they want out of life. So, find your lucky penny and let it give you the courage to live your life to the fullest.

Flying Eagle Penny

The Flying Eagle cent was the first small United States coin. It was only made in 1857 and 1858.

Indian Head Penny

The Indian Head cent replaced the Flying Eagle cents in 1859. It's actually Liberty wearing an Indian headdress.

Wheat Penny

The Wheat Penny replaced the Indian Head cents in 1909. These are the first pennies to feature Abraham Lincoln. The picture is of a 1909 wheat penny.

Lincoln Memorial Penny

In 1959 the Lincoln cents were made with the Lincoln Memorial on the back.

New Pennies

In 2009, in celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday, four different designs were used for the back of the Lincoln penny. Each of these designs celebrates a part of Lincoln's life.

Today's Pennies

In 2010 Union Shield cents became the new Lincoln cent design.

All pictures are of my personal collection, taken by me.

© 2012 Marigold Tortelli


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    • CrisSp profile image


      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I didn't know there is a Lucky Penny Day! So, thanks for the info. I enjoyed reading this specially learning on new stuff and the psychology behind the lucky pennies. Who knew?

      Interesting hub!

    • jethrosas profile image


      6 years ago from Philippines

      I think it's a good lens topic to feature the country's different money just like what you did on this lens. Nice looking lens you have here. Keep it up! :)

    • gamecheathub profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm lucky if I stumble upon a Wheat Penny. I didn't know that 5/23 was this date. Great, educational lens. Thanks!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Fun lens! Thanks for sharing. Worth a blessing... ;-)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      The flying eagle penny is quite beautiful. I do collect coins, maybe I could add some of these to my collection (I don't care much for modern US pennies, but the eagle one looks nice).

    • goldenrulecomics profile image


      6 years ago from New Jersey

      nice lens!

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      6 years ago

      My dad collected coins. He had all of these old pennies carefully mounted in special holders. It's good to see them again.

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      6 years ago

      Love all the fabulous images of pennies through the years! Congratulations on being featured on the May Silly Celebrations monsterboard!

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      Gloria Freeman 

      6 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like this luck penny day lens, and I learn more about the penny. My sister is a coin collector.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Love pennies! I keep any that are slightly interesting!!

    • Gayle Mclaughlin profile image


      6 years ago from McLaughlin

      My husband collects pennies--now I have to see if he has any of these!

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      6 years ago

      Interesting. I need to go look more closely at the pile of pennies I have.


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