I have been researching for several days, trying to learn more about National Lost Penny Day. When I first read the February 12th was not only Abraham Lincoln’s birthday but also National Lost Penny Day, I figured it wasn’t just a coincidence. This set me off searching around for the story behind National Lost Penny Day.
I found a few places that explained that Pennies were being honored on this date because on this date in 1909 the first Lincoln penny was minted. While the first Lincoln penny was minted in 1909, in honor of what would have been Lincoln’s 100th year, the only date I have been able to confirm is August 2nd. This is the date in 1909 when the first Lincoln penny was issued.
A few other sources I found claim that it is called Lost Penny Day because it encourages you to search around for lost pennies (and other coins). Of course, in the spirit of the day, you should donate any coins you do find to a good cause. This perhaps seems a bit more likely to me?
No matter how to decide to celebrate this special day, take some time to check out some of these penny projects. Some of them are easy enough to do at home and others are just plain amazing!
Flattened Penny Necklace from a Girl and a Glue Gun
Use Pennies to Weigh Down Curtains from Make It and Love It
Loose Change Sign from The Crafted Sparrow
DIY Penny Ring from Trinkets in Bloom
Penny Birdhouse from Pintrosity
A $14.37 Bowl from Penny Project
Coin Barrettes from Aunt Annie
Bowling Ball and Penny Gazing Ball from House of Hawthornes
Penny Covered Cars from Art Car Central
Penny Mosaic Abraham Lincoln from Home Workshop
Penny Key Chain from A Little Tipsy
Penny Coasters from Instructables
Penny Vase from Kreyv
Decal Penny Pennant from Just Something I Made
Rounded Penny Buttons from Epbot
Pennies as Tap Shoes from real Simple
Penny Napkin Rings from Kosher on a Budget
Build a 3 Penny Radio from SciToys
Penny Tiled Mirror from Honey Sweet Home
Penny Table from Koot Hoot
Lucky Penny Votive Holders from Shaken Together Life
Priceless Pennies Lincoln Silhouette from I Love to Create
Penny Bracelet Tutorial from Dream a Little Bigger