May 23rd Lucky Penny Day

The penny isn’t what it use to be, but then who of us are? The penny use to have a lot more value than it does today. In fact, governments are eliminating the penny in many economies because they aren’t worth the money the materials cost to make it and even penny candy that use to make children happy is lie 50 cents now! (If you are lucky enough to find it!) There are many theories of what makes a penny lucky, the one most common to me is when you find a penny on the ground. If the penny is on heads, pick it up and it brings you luck. (But you can’t spend it) If it is on tails, just leave it where it lay.

How to celebrate – Go around looking for pennies on the ground. (Have a partner watch that you don’t run into anything.) “A penny saved is worth a penny earned”. “A penny for your thoughts”

June 1st Flip A Coin Day

June 1st – Flip A Coin Day

Can’t decide what to do today? Flip a Coin to help you choose. This action of helping one choose the right course to take seems to date back to Julius Caesar’s day when he couldn’t decide what course to take. In his day the correct answer was always ‘heads’ which even seems to remain the most popular pick today. I wouldn’t count on life changing events to the flip of a coin but if you are trying to decide what movie to go to or which ice cream flavor to pick it might be okay. Just make sure you don’t really care which answer comes up, because you got a 50/50 chance either way.

How to celebrate – Flip a coin to figure out your next choice. (So long as it’s not really important.) Find a two headed coin and always call heads. See if you can discover what Julius Caesar was flipping a coin over.

June 1st Flip A Coin Day

There are so many decisions to make every day, some are easy, some are more difficult and some you just can’t decide on. Well, just flip a coin and let the fate of your decision be made for you!

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Heads you do it, tails you don’t. Tails you do it, heads you don’t. Doesn’t really matter. The funny thing about it is by making the choice to flip the coin you are making a decision!

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Of course there are those who would like to rick fate, the invention of a two headed coin does exactly that… it really has no other function. But if you are going to trust your future to the intelligence of a coin, then you may deserve what you get! (And don’t expect it to be good)

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Sometimes just finding a coin is pretty lucky anymore. When, and if, you do find a coin make sure to look at it before you flip it and potentially lose it again. Maybe it is a rare coin worth a lot of money! Since most of us don’t use coins anymore except for balancing a wobbly leg on a table that coin could be old.

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Think back about the last time you flipped a coin to make a decision for you. How did that work out for you? Just keep that in mind every time you flip a coin today!

How to celebrate  – Let the coin lead you day today. If you don’t like the choice the coin makes go for the best two out of three. (This does not work with three sided coins) If you can’t find a real coin make your own out of a washer.

May 23rd Lucky Penny Day

There is no doubt that the penny is not worth what it use to be. In fact, many countries have parted ways with the penny altogether. Still, here in the US, if you find one on heads it means good luck will follow you. Remember you cannot spend it though, even if you could find something to spend it on. Should you find one on tails, leave it be because it means bad luck.  You could turn in over for the next person to find, but you are probably better off not touching it at all.

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“See a penny, pick it up … all day long you’ll have good luck.”

Pennies have been with us in America since 1793. The originals were made of copper and were worth something!  They were often called a pence. If something cost 5 pence, it was five pennies, or a nickel.

Not only are pennies good luck symbols they also indicate ghosts!  As legend tells it, if a ghost wants you to know they are there they will leave pennies behind for you to find (remember the epic scene from the 1990 movie classic Ghost). If they want you to follow them, they will leave a trail of pennies for you to follow.

There’s another reason to look down for that penny, it could be worth a small fortune.

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Most pennies were made in such volume that they are worth very little. Even the old Indian Head pennies are not worth all that much since millions of them were made. Some uncirculated coins are worth more than others. These coins have not been touched by human hands.  There is little chance you will find one of those laying out in the open on the ground, and if you just picked it up anyway, you’d ruin its value. There is one Indian Head penny worth more than $10,000.00, made in the year 1873.

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“Wheat Back”, Lincoln Head pennies are still found in loose change from time to time. Most are worth a penny but there are a few exceptions. A 1922 plain Lincoln Head, “Wheat Back”, is worth about $650.00, but a 1909S-VDB is worth $750.00 or more. In 1943 due to World War 2, pennies were made of steel to save the copper for use in bullets. A steel penny is worth a little, but in 1944 a few steel pennies were circulated by mistake as the coins were once again made of copper. So a 1944 steel penny can be worth up to $75,000.00. Going back to 1943, a few pennies were made of bronze. These pennies are very rare and look basically like a copper penny but they are lighter in weight and are a little darker in color. The 1943 bronze penny is worth more than $100,000.00.

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The 1943 copper penny is worth more than any other American coin. They were not to be released but some were, perhaps less than 50.  Find one of these and you will really have a lucky day with beginning auction prices starting at $200,000.00.

There are other coins to watch for as well. Coins that were run by mistake or had errors that no one caught before they were released to the public. Coins that were double struck, or minted with the wrong materials, or with the wrong size. Wrong Planchet pennies vary in value. Some pennies have actually be minted in silver as are obviously worth more than a plain copper penny.

How to celebrate: Keep your eyes down, looking at whatever is just waiting for you to pick up – at the very least, you’ll be a penny richer. Buy a book about coins; the book will probably cost you more than any value you ever find on the ground but it makes it more fun. Try leaving a trail of pennies on your own and see if anyone follows them. Look through your old pennies tucked away in that dresser drawer and see if you might be lucky!