Monday is National Lucky Penny Day

Monday is National Lucky Penny Day

FOX19 - Find a penny pick it up; all day long you'll have good luck.

Monday, May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day. To celebrate, see how many copper coins you can collect!

Finding a penny has long been considered a good omen, or lucky. Now, some say that "luck" is only if the penny is lying face up.

The penny was one of the first coins made by the United States mint after its creation in 1792. According to the U.S. Mint, the first penny didn't feature Abraham Lincoln, but rather, a lady with flowing hair symbolizing liberty. That coin was much larger than the penny we know today. It was also made out of pure copper.

Abraham Lincoln's face wasn't placed on the penny until 1909.

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