Pennies are called “Penny” because they were named after Thomas Jefferson’s niece, Penny. Jefferson described her as “bright and shiny” in correspondence.A circle made of 10 American pennies is considered a sign of good luck in Lithuanian bars.The penny was the first US coin to have the motto “In God We Trust” stamped onto its face.
"In God We Trust" was first on the penny.
Soldiers at the battle of Antietam loaded a cannon with hundreds of pennies when they ran out of ammunition.The original penny had the initials of its designer, Victor Brenner, printed on it.During the Great Depression, giving your sweetheart a penny was considered asking him/her to go steady.
The initials V.D.B. used to be on every single penny.
A fear of coins is called cuprolaminophobia.In 1999, a certain famous football player paid a $70,000 fine entirely in pennies.There is actually a federal law that mandates a $500 fine for anyone caught taking pennies (or other coins) from a public fountain.
Just cause you can't pronounce it doesn't mean you don't have it.
It would only take $100,000 worth of pennies to fill up a standard-sized swimming pool.The copper pipes of the organ in the Cathedral of Canterbury in England are made of melted-down American pennies seized in the Revolutionary War.For a long time, local and state governments in America issued a coin worth 1/10 of a penny or 1/1000 of a US dollar. It was called the mill.
That's right. Having a mill used to mean something completely different.
Because a penny is considered “legal tender” by the government, all American businesses must accept them as a form of payment even if they have a policy not to.In 2013, a collector sold a rare 1943 penny made of a copper alloy for $1.7 million dollars.Wild Bill Hickock had a lucky penny that he carried with him into every battle and gunfight of his career.
This one's for all you "pennies aren't worth anything" people.
There are more than 400 pennies in circulation for every single man, woman, and child in America.In Jamaica, locals refer to an American penny as a “turk boy” and more than one penny as “the turks.”In 1942, an organization called the Sons of Liberty sued to have pennies removed from penny loafers, claiming that this use of the coin was too “undignified” for the penny.
That is...a lot of pennies.
A man named Kenny “The Penny” Richards of Paramus, New Jersey, has what is considered to be the largest rare coin collection in America.The average penny stays out in the streets for 25 years.The weight of a penny was calculated to be the exact weight of a button on the sleeve of a soldier’s uniform.
Yep, most pennies are old enough to drive.
Alexander Hamilton was a famous opponent of the penny, saying, “The penny? Nah, it’s not so great.”If you hold a penny up to your ear for long enough, Abraham Lincoln will recite you a poem.Certain random “lucky” pennies currently out there are actually worth $1,000 each.
Ally has put specially designed "lucky" pennies out that are worth a grand each!