Lots of superstitions center around money. Almost all forms of currency have at least one superstition associated with them. The most common superstition heard today, with respect to the penny, is the rhyming verse: "Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long you'll have good luck." This may have originated in the rhyme: "Money on the floor, more at the door."
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.