The Death of the Penny

penniesIts a sad day for some of us, the last day of Canada issuing the one cent coin. The poor wee penny you say, but what the heck it wasn’t worth anything was it. That is true today but it wasn’t always so. There was a time when this famous coin was of great value. In fact I grew up in an era when the penny could be broken down into even lower denominations. Any one remember the halfpenny (Ha’penny) or lower still to the Farthing. Four farthings to one penny. The penny stood for many things in the past, what about the Penny Farthing cycle! how about the saying “Penny wise Pound foolish” or “A penny for your thoughts” and my favourite of all “Mom I really need to spend a penny” For you youngsters that have never heard this term “to spend a penny”  means I need to visit the washroom real bad. In the bookies shops one often heard the term when placing a bet,”in for a penny in for a pound”. There were many other terms that featured the penny, in Ireland children would often stand at the street corner and ask passerby’s  “Give us a penny Mr” I got a shock in Dublin a couple of years ago when a young girl said “give us a pound Mr”  Wow!! inflation hits everyone. Well time to say farewell to the wonderful old faithful penny. I think I’ll visit the Penny Arcade to spend my last coins, wait a minute is there such a thing as a Penny Arcade anymore????

God Bless and keep reading.

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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