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Luck Of Coin

May 13th, 2010 . by admin

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It is very common for people who pass by a fountain or a wishing well to toss a coin into the water for good luck. This tradition can be traced back to the period of the ancient Greeks and possibly even further into the past. The ancient Greeks believed that tossing coins into their wells would please the gods who stayed in them and prevent the wells from drying up. It is also a common belief that the gods of the sea were capable of wrecking havoc once they were offended. Coins were therefore thrown their way once in a while as a form of tribute to keep the gods happy. Throwing coins into fountains were just as acceptable to the gods as throwing coins into the sea itself. This was also more convenient for the people. In countries all over the world, there are people who observe the custom of looking for their own reflection in the water and then making a wish after throwing a coin into it as they believe that doing so will make their wishes come true. However, bear in mind that in Rome, their sea gods will not accept anything less than three coins.

People also believe that it is considered lucky to carry a coin with your birth date. Some say that luck will follow if you find a coin heads-up, and that good fortune will come if you have a coin minted in a leap year. You will be most lucky if you chance upon coins that are bent or those with holes in them, especially if they are part of the change that turns up after purchasing something. You are able to amplify the luck of such coins if you carry them in a left-hand pocket or wear them around the neck.

There are literally hundreds of ways in which coins can bring luck. By keeping a jar of pennies in the kitchen, good luck will fall unto you. Each day, the first coin you receive should be placed in an empty pocket so that more will be attracted to you. If you get a new coat, jacket, handbag or wallet, putting a coin in it will bring good luck. Good luck will follow you all week long if you get pennies as change on a Monday.

A crusader in the tenth century named Sir Simon Lockhart returned to his home in Scotland from the Holy Land with a blood-red stone attached to a silver coin. It was believed to be able to provide a cure to rabies and ailments in cattle. Known as the Lee Penny, it was once used to stop a plague in Newcastle when the people put up a bond which was nearly as valuable as the city’s whole treasury to bring the plague down. Five hundred years later, the Lee Penny was used to cure diseased cattle by the descendant of Sir James Lockhart, who had gained inheritance of the Lee Penny. However, he was arrested on charges of witchcraft. He was acquitted when the court was told that he did it "without using any words, such as charmers and sorcerers do." With that, he was warned to be more cautious in the future. He then hid the Lee Penny, and never used its power again.



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