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Find a Penny Superstition

Ever hear the saying ‘See a penny, pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck’? So why is this a superstition?

Many people believe it’s only good luck when the penny is showing heads. If you find a penny that is showing tails, you should turn it over to heads so the next person can then pick it up and have good luck.

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However, a lot of people do believe that seeing any penny, regardless or heads or tails showing is a sign of good luck, and picking it up will give you good luck.

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The exact origin of the belief are pretty hard to pin point, though explanations range from early beliefs about where metal came from to the notion that money symbolizes power.

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Penny superstitions also include:

  • Carry a penny for luck.
  • Tossing a penny overboard while traveling at sea will ensure a safe trip.
  • Keeping a jar of pennies in the kitchen is good luck.
  • If giving a gift of a purse or wallet to someone, put a penny in it for good luck. (With inflation, this superstition has now grown to a dollar bill!)
  • Keep a coin in a baby’s pram or crib and the baby will grow up to be healthy, wealthy and wise.
  • Finding a penny means more money is coming your way.
  • Putting the first penny you receive each day into your pocket will attract more throughout the day.
  • Coins with holes in them are especially lucky.
  • Tossing a penny when you have a problem will allow the fates to take care of the problem for you.
  • Tossing a penny over your left shoulder, into a wishing well or body of water, while making a wish, will make your wish come true.