National Lost Penny Day

What do you do when you’ve lost something? Do you try to retrace your steps and remember where you last saw that missing object? Maybe you think of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.

We all misplace our belongings from time to time, but some things tend to get left behind more than others. The smaller the object, the easier it is to lose track of. This is especially true when it comes to loose change. In fact, there is an entire day dedicated to the lost pennies of the world. National Lost Penny Day is this Saturday, February 12th.

Lost Penny Day is celebrated on the same day as Abraham Lincoln’s birthday because his bust has been used on the penny since 1909. The focus of the day itself is to take the time out of your schedule to search for missing pennies that may have slipped out of your pocket.

It is considered good luck to find a penny, especially if it is face-up when you find it. Some people believe that finding a penny tails-side up is bad luck, and that you should flip it over to pass on good luck to the next person who finds it. 

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate National Lost Penny Day, check out some of these DIY crafts that you could make if you have some extra pennies sitting around your house. And be sure to join the crew at the Crestwood Library for their Lost Penny Scavenger Hunt on Friday, February 11, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 

Alison Robles is a part-time page at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for YA lit, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.