Symbolic Meaning of the Penny

Written by avenefica on December 27th, 2007



I’ve gotten a few questions surrounding the symbolic meaning of the penny, specifically the symbolic meaning of finding pennies on our paths.  I respond thusly:

Dear Heads or Tails:

Consider the penny as a symbol of beginnings as it holds the vibration of number One

The meaning of One primarily deals with strong will, positivity, pure energy.  The number One reflects new beginnings, and purity. The symbolic meaning of the penny (number One) is further clarified when we understand that One represents both kinds of action, physical and mental.

This combined with the One’s urgency for new beginnings, we intuit number One to mean it is time to exert our natural forces, take action, and start a new venture. Numeral One gives us encouragement that our actions will be rewarded in kind.

Appropriate to the theme of new beginnings, we see Abraham Lincoln depicted on this currency.  This is symbolic of founding fathers concept, and deals with foundational thoughts & constructs.  Pulled more deeply in the meaning, we can say that seeing pennies (particularly heads-up) is a message for us to re-evaluate our founding beliefs.  We may ask ourselves what core beliefs do we have, and are they serving us appropriately?

Copper also holds a symbolic resonance (at least when they were primarily made of copper prior to 1982) with the astrological signs of Sagittarius and Taurus – you can investigate the attributes of these signs for further symbolism here.

Copper is also considered a solar emblem, and corresponds with the radiant features of the sun.  This combined with a myriad of other meanings, the symbolic meaning of the penny deals with bright ideas, fresh perspectives, and incorporating these new thoughts with our existing framework.  By combining the old with the new we find our lives expanded and new directions to our path.

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3 Comments so far ↓

  1. dovelove says:

    This is wonderful, and very synchronous for me. The copper, the sun… I actually meditated yesterday long enough to get a vision — I’m thinking about doing a post on it. If I do, I’ll link to this. Thanks for sharing, I appreciate your unique observations and perspectives. I invariably learn much from them.

  2. Ken Callis says:

    intresting, ive allways been told the reason abe faces the other way is because the other presidents turnrd there back on him, maybe thats why they use brown copper..

  3. avenefica says:

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for contributing!

    Namaste,
    A.