May 29, 2015

My Lucky Penny

In April, I found a 1935 penny in my pocket full of change. This got me thinking a bit about how long the penny has been in circulation. The World has changed a lot since the penny was minted. In fact, most people that read this website blog weren't even born when the penny was minted.

Some facts I found about this 80 year old penny journey:

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt was the President of the United States in 1935
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  • The United States was in the middle of the Great Depression.
  • Average Cost of new house $6,510.00
  • Average wages per year $1,650.00
  • New Car Average Price $610.00 
  • A loaf of Bread cost 7 cents
  • 24% of the population was unemployed.
  • Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
  • Bank of Canada opens
  • Black Sunday: The worst sandstorm ravages US midwest (creates the Dust Bowl)
  • US Congress accepts FDR's "New Deal"

I don't know how I got this penny, as I just happen to look into my jacket pocket one day and noticed a penny that had the wheat symbol on it. I knew instantly that it had to be a special penny. I know it isn't worth much since it has been in circulation and I checked eBay and found that I could buy a dozen 1935 pennies for about $10.

So where is my lucky penny now? I now carry the penny in my FitBit belt clip. I don't want to accidentally spend or loose the penny. I feel that I am lucky that I took the time to look at the change I had in my pocket and notice

Why don't you check your pocket/coin basket and see what treasures you might find.

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