Hit or Miss

Lucky Penny

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

Jeff and I got into a discussion last night about penny-related luck. He had never heard that you should only pick up a penny if it’s heads up.

There was a penny sitting right inside my office door this morning, but I left it there since it was tails up (which would bring bad luck to the picker-uper). In the course of opening and closing the door all day long, it managed to flip itself over to heads up.

I instinctively grabbed the penny before pausing to consider whether it was bad luck, since my hand connected to the door which turned the coin over could be construed as me flipping the coin over on purpose.

4 responses so far (Respond)

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I had heard that it’s only a transient luck. If you find a penny, you give luck to whoever you give it to.

Brian Eger | 21 Nov 2005
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I have also heard a new version…Find a penny Give it up, all day long you’ll have good luck. Which is the original?

Paula | 10 May 2007
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I learned when I was a child (in the 1950’s)
See a penny, pick it up; all day long you’ll have good luck.
See a penny, let it lay; bad luck you’ll have that day.

Doesn’t say anything about it being heads up or tails up. I don’t believe it matters! If you pick it up, you are a penny richer than you were a second ago!

Keltiesmom | 17 Apr 2008
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I had heard that it's only a transient luck. If you find a penny, you give luck to whoever you give it to.

Brian Eger | 4 Nov 2009