Reaping Me Softly Tour Day 3 and Superstitions about Pennies

Before we start with today's Superstition Game, I want to start with the blog stops in today's tour for Reaping Me Softly. Have you grabbed your copy yet?

Here are all the stops for today:

Thursday, Nov. 1:

WinterHaven Books ~ Review
That READioactive Book Blog~ Promotional Post
Ja Ĩitam, a ti? (I’m a reader, what about you?) ~ Review
For The Love Of Film And Novels ~ Promotional Post
A Soul Unsung ~ Promotional Post
Unforgettable Books ~ Review
Literary Love Affair ~ Review
Great Minds Literary Community ~ Promotional Post

Alright, today's superstitions was suggested by Caius Caligula from Geek Rage. After reading this post, you really need to visit his blog. I love reading his reviews.

The humble penny has always been considered lucky. Many people are familiar with the tradition of carrying a penny about the person for luck, while others will toss one overboard on setting out to sea in the belief that this will appease the marine gods and guarantee them safe passage.

 A luck penny is a single coin or small sum of cash that is returned to a purchaser by the vendor in the belief that it will give the buyer good luck with his purchase. The custom of handing over ‘luck money’ was once commonplace, particularly on the sale of livestock and crops—though records exist of the same practice in all manner of other business transactions. Butchers in former times often expected to be returned a shilling on buying a cow for slaughter, the ritual being widely known as ‘tipping the cow’s horn with silver.’

There are many people around the world who value coins for their luck-bringing qualities. Tossing a coin into a fountain or pool while making a wish is a universal custom, and many persons carry ‘lucky’ coins (often ones minted in the year of their birth or ones with holes in). Fishermen fix a coin in the wood of their boats and even in their nets for luck, and in former times the poor frequently carried specially made ‘touch pieces,’ which depicted the devil being defeated, to protect them from disease. Particularly lucky are coins given out at Holy Communion and coins found during a rainstorm, on the grounds that these must have fallen from Heaven. It is, incidentally, courting bad luck not to pick up a coin spotted on the ground, and gifts of purses, wallets, and coats should never be made without first putting a few coins in them.

Some coins are, however, unlucky. In Britain, the crown or five-shilling piece of pre-decimal currency was disliked in many circles, especially in public houses where it was alleged that any barmaid accepting such a coin would shortly lose her job. In many countries, coins are placed upon the eyes of the dead to prevent them from reopening and looking around for someone to join them in the grave.

The Black Penny is a coin that was credited with magical powers by the people of Northumberland in the early nineteenth century. Owned by the Turnbull family of Hume Byers, the Black Penny was revered by farmers in the area for its efficacy in treating madness in cattle. The coin was dipped in drinking water that was then given to the livestock, whose condition soon miraculously improved. Lent out by the family on many occasions, the Black Penny was eventually lost in 1827 when a farmer from Morpeth returned it in the post.

The Lee Penny is a coin belonging to the Lockhart family of Lee that is reputed to have miraculous healing powers. A groat dating from the reign of Edward I, the Lee Penny incorporates a dark red pebble that is supposed to have been brought back from the Holy Land in the fourteenth century. Legend has it that, when dipped into drinking water, the coin has proved most effective in the treatment of various livestock diseases as well as against such human ills as rabies and hemorrhages. In 1645, the coin was credited with having curtailed an outbreak of the plague in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Lockerbie Penny is a small silver disc that was once highly regarded, in the Lockerbie region of what is now Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, for its apparent efficacy in treating cattle diseases. Dipped in the animals’ drinking water, the Lockerbie Penny, of obscure origin, was credited with countless cures by local farmers and was still in regular use up to the middle of the nineteenth century. 

I think the three pennies described in this post are one and the same. What do you think? 

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