Finding pennies is considered good luck because years ago people thought that finding metal was a gift from the Gods and meant to protect you from evil.

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No doubt being superstitious is not good, but there are certain stories that make you ponder on them. If you look into the folklore, you find out that when you find a penny, it brings a lot of good luck into your life. There is absolutely no scientific proof of the same because a penny can never change your fortune for its value is too less; however, there are a lot of people who still believe in the saying that metal pennies bring good luck into lives of people.

Vicky Hugheston/flickr
Vicky Hugheston/flickr

The Tradition:

When you read rhymes that different children in different English speaking regions learn, you commonly find a saying – ‘find a penny, pit it up, and all day long you’ll have good luck!’ When children grow up learning such a rhyme, they believe in it and hence the tradition of pennies bring good luck continues to be believed in.

The old wives’ tale of putting a penny in the shoe of a woman on her wedding day comes from a Victorian rhyme: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in your shoe.”

History Behind The Tradition:

You encounter bad things when you are least expecting them. Thus, people remember the things that they grow up with in order to avoid problems in their life; these things include superstition. According to the ancient cultures, metal was a gift from Gods. It was given to those men, who needed protection against the evil spirits. This thought may have given birth to the saying pennies bring good luck since pennies are made of metal.

There are also a lot of people who hang horseshoes over their door frame in order to bring a fortune for the entire family. People also wear metal-made charm bracelets to carry their good luck wherever they go.

So the next time you find a penny on the street, don’t ignore it – pick it up and smile because you’ll surely have a good day!

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