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National Lucky Penny Day

Celebrate National Lucky Penny Day with a pocketful of luck - find that special penny and make your wishes come true!
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May 23
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Introduction

Celebrate the luck of the Irish on National Lucky Penny Day on May 23! This special day was created to commemorate the old tradition of using a penny as a lucky charm. It's believed that finding a penny brings good fortune, and this day is an excuse to collect all those pennies scattered around your house and make something fun out of them. From jewelry making to coin flipping games, there are countless ways you can bring some luck into your life with just one little penny!

History of National Lucky Penny Day

National Lucky Penny Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1793</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pennies Introduced in U.S</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Mint was created and began the production of the penny in 1793.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1857</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Small Penny Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States introduced the smaller Bronze Cent, commonly known as the "Indian Head Penny".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1909</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lincoln Penny Debut</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Lincoln penny was introduced to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lincoln Memorial Design</div><div class='timeline-text'>The reverse side of Lincoln Penny was redesigned to depict the Lincoln Memorial honoring the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Three New Designs</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. Mint released Pennies with three new reverse designs celebrating Lincoln's life in the year marking his 200th birth anniversary.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Lucky Penny Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Lucky Penny Day was established, encouraging people to appreciate the luck and history associated with pennies.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Lucky Penny Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Collect lucky pennies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a walk around your neighborhood and search for lucky pennies. Who knows, maybe you’ll stumble upon an old penny from the early 1900s or a rare penny with an error on it. It’s the perfect day to search for lucky treasure!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a wish</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pick up a penny and make a wish for something special or for good fortune. Place the penny in a special jar or bowl and watch your wishes come true.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Play penny games</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head to the arcade and play some classic penny games like whack-a-mole, skee ball, or pinball! Who knows, maybe you’ll get extra lucky and be able to take home some prizes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create art with pennies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather pennies of all different sizes, colors, and dates and create an art masterpiece. Make a collage on canvas or use them to paint a picture on paper. It’s the perfect way to show off your unique artistic style.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make a donation</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a donation to your local charity using pennies. It’s an easy way to celebrate National Lucky Penny Day while giving back to those in need.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Lucky Penny Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings good luck</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Penny superstitions have been around for generations, and the idea behind these superstitions is that a lucky penny can bring you good luck. Whether you place one in your pocket before a big meeting or give one to someone special in your life, finding a lucky penny is an easy way to promote positive vibes!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's free money</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>While pennies won’t make you rich overnight, they definitely add up over time. If you save a bunch of them, then eventually they could help pay for something small that you have wanted to buy but weren't able to justify it. Best of all, there’s very little effort required on your part - just keep your eyes peeled for those pesky coins!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It supports charitable causes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>If you find too many lucky pennies, why not consider donating them to charity? You can make a donation of any size and even send them off with some kind words from yourself so the charity knows who it was from. The proceeds will help support people in need and make their lives a little better - now that's something we can all get behind!</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Pennies that Will Surprise You

National Lucky Penny Day FAQs

When is National Lucky Penny Day?

National Lucky Penny Day is celebrated on May 23rd every year. In 2024 National Lucky Penny Day will occur on a Thursday.

National Lucky Penny Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

May 23

Tuesday

2024

May 23

Thursday

2025

May 23

Friday

2026

May 23

Saturday

2027

May 23

Sunday

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