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Lucky Pennies Display

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Title

Lucky Pennies Display

Subject

Superstition
Luck

Description

Pennies have always been reputed to bring good luck. Finding a penny (or indeed any coin or other form of money) is said to endow one with good fortune, particularly if discovered "heads up," and is suitable to be carried as a charm. If the discovered penny was minted in the year of one's birth, it is supposed to be especially lucky.

A penny may be tossed overboard when one sets out to sea, in hopes of appeasing the marine gods and thus ensuring a safe passage. Similarly a penny (or other coin) may be tossed into a well or pool in the belief that so doing will cause one's wish to be granted.

Displayed here are multiple forms of lucky pennies and coin luck tokens, including a lucky penny in-a-bottle, a common penny (found on a sidewalk), and an Indian-head penny embedded in a good luck token (from the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, NY, 1901).

Rights

Digital image copyright 2014 Images in this collection are not to be used for any commercial purposes without the expressed written permission of the Center for Inquiry and Dr. Joe Nickell. Patrons of this digital museum are free to utilize materials from the museum for non-commercial and educational purposes.

Language

English

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