“See a penny, pick it up… All day long you’ll have good luck.” How many times have you heard this or said this to your kids?
Today, when you are out and about, look on the ground for pennies, it just might be your lucky day!
Years ago a penny was actually able to buy something. Most often remembered, is the big section of candy at the store that sold for a penny a piece. Penny Candy! Today, finding a store that offers penny candy is rare, and when you do find that rare store, we smile as we remember getting that bag full of penny candy!
Today, due to inflation, the penny does not buy much if anything at all. Changes in the price of metal commodity causes the metal value of pennies to exceed their face value. There are many nations that have stopped minting equivalent value coins and efforts are being made to end the routine use of pennies in several countries including the United States.
1793 – The first pennies in the United States were made of copper. The composition was pure copper from 1793 to 1837. From 1837 to 1857, the cent was made of bronze (95 percent copper, and five percent tin and zinc). Today pennies from 1983–present they are made of 97.5% zinc, 2.5% copper.
Today, on National Lucky Penny Day, see how many pennies you can find!