Penny For Your Thoughts

A penny caught my eye as I strolled across the grocery store parking lot. Not one to let it go unnoticed, I stopped and picked it up. I’ve heard that pennies are messages from loved ones, and signs of good fortune. For me, picking it up was just a left over childhood habit. After giving it a quick inspection, I looked at the date; 1959.  Since I was born in 1959 and currently am 59 years old, I took some interest in this small, but intriguing possession. For fifty-nine years, this small piece of copper has made its way through the world. It was in remarkably good shape, considering the number of pockets, purses, hands, and banks it had passed through! Perhaps it was the last needed cent to buy a special present. Maybe it was the turning point for having just enough…


Fifty-nine has some notable achievements- 59 is the last minute in a given hour, and the last second in a given minute. It is the number of beads on a Roman Catholic rosary. According to numerology, 59 reduces to the digit 5  (5 +9 = 14 and 1 + 4 = 5). The energy represented by 59 is a sense of personal freedom. It is the destiny position of the chart and means the person is interested in virtually everything.

I’m not sure what to think of all that 59 suggests, but I do know that I’m going to keep my little penny. It will remind me that each year is to be treasured. Even the smallest of things can have a big impact.



Amy enjoys using poetic language to capture the essence of the ordinary. Her work has been published in Word-Dancers: The Poets of Southwest Florida and Florida Weekly.

(8) Comments

  • Amy
    January 27, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    Ok readers….as I was looking for images for this post, I saw that a 1959 penny with a D under the date is worth between $500 and $1,000.00. What?! This little gem was truly a gift. I’m doing some research and will keep you posted!

  • Helen
    January 27, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    Lucky find, Amy. I loved the interesting information about the number 59. Proud also to have been born in 1959!

  • Amy
    January 27, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Yes! The 55andChange girls are 59 from 1959 and going strong!! XOXO

  • Mary Allen
    January 28, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I love your thoughts and how you expressed them. Nice piece, it made me think about the little things that often go unnoticed. Thanks, Mary (Laura’s mom)

    • Amy
      January 29, 2019 at 10:10 pm


  • Kathy Pfeiffer
    January 28, 2019 at 3:10 am

    Very nice! Great reminder to slow down and pay attention to things around you, and the lovely messages they send.

  • Laura
    January 31, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Love all the connections ! Can’t wait to hear how your research goes!

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