So I've got this penny...
It's a 1947D, a wheat back, like this one:
I'm looking at it and wondering where it's been. Who's had it, what they did with it. In 1947, you could get five pieces of candy for a penny.
Did an excited youngster find it -- shiny, new -- on the ground, dash to the candy store, and collect his treasure?
Was it handed back in change from the purchase of a wedding ring? Was it a happy marriage? Did they have children?
Was it ever stolen? Was he caught?
I wish my penny could talk. It's well worn. Some of Lincoln's features are worn down, and the detail on the wheat stalks have been worn away. This penny's seen the world, probably quite alot more of it than I have. And it's had nearly twice my life to see it in.
What mistakes did previous owners of this penny make that it could warn me to avoid? (Did anyone buy cigarettes with it?)
L. Ron Hubbard famously (but perhaps apocryphally) quipped in 1949, "Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." Could this perhaps be one of the pennys paid to an author? How often was it dropped in the collection plate?
I like my penny. I keep it taped here in my cubicle, next to -- ironically enough -- our payday calendar. I wish it could talk to me.
Perhaps it does.