• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Luck-penny a trifle returned for luck by a seller to a buyer: a coin carried for luck
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Low Ger. root, seen in Dut. luk; cf. Ger. gl├╝ck, prosperity.


In literature:

Fortune suddenly smiled upon Jo, and dropped a good luck penny in her path.
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
There's a luck-penny for the child to begin with,' added he, throwing the child a penny.
"The Absentee" by Maria Edgeworth
Then we clapped hands on it, for a bargain, and he did not insult me by the offer of any arles, or luck penny.
"A Monk of Fife Being the chronicle written by Norman Leslie of Pitcullo, concerning marvellous deeds that befell in the realm of France, in the years of our redemption, MCCCCXXIX-XXXI. Now first done into English out of the French" by Andrew Lang
I put the money into my purse for a luck penny.
"Sowing Seeds in Danny" by Nellie L. McClung
I could turn a pretty penny by that, when your lady finds it convenient, and her luck at play goes against her.
"Love and Life" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And as luck would have it I've got exactly five pennies in my pocket.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
I was near for-gettin'; sure, bad luck to the penny o' the ten guineas but I paid away.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
Maria, however, insisted upon giving an old-fashioned threepenny bit, kept as a luck penny in the centre of her purse, in exchange.
"The Garden, You, and I" by Mabel Osgood Wright
Perhaps they were a present, and she had given a luck-penny for them, lest they should cut love.
"Mrs. Overtheway's Remembrances" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Give me the odd penny, and perhaps luck'll change for both of us.
"The Statesmen Snowbound" by Robert Fitzgerald

In news:

We humans are a superstitious lot, believing that Friday the 13th is bad luck and finding a penny is good luck.
Franklin's ghost is said to roam Library Hall on 5th Street near Chestnut and he's reportedly thrown back pennies that were tossed on his burial site at 5th and Arch streets for good luck.