Monday, October 1, 2012

Morning Glory

Today is the first day of October and I have a new story brewing. Imagine if you were walking along on a regular sunny day like today and you notice a penny ahead of you on the ground. Normally you always walk past pennies and don't really give them a second look, but today it catches your eye. Sure, you walk on but it nags you that maybe you should have picked it up. You argue with yourself that pennies are not worth much anymore and maybe some kid will be happy to find it....but yet, is it wasteful?

Some things in life don't have much face value but their value depends on other things. For instance, this morning glory is a weed with little to no face value in the plant kingdom. I can work hard to plant other flowers but this viney flower will thrive and it is quite a challenge to keep it from overtaking my garden. But I like it. It is one of the first flowers I remember my brother planting when we were kids. I love the heart-shaped flowers and the deep purple blossoms that only open in the morning and then shrivel away. Even their black seeds are cool, housed away in that round little pod.

Back to the penny. What if there is something about it that makes it different or rare? How valuable could it be? Actually, there are some very rare pennies out there that were made in 1943. The story is that the U.S. Mint switched from bronze planchets to zinc-coated steel for cents in 1943 because copper was needed during World War II. By error, some bronze planchets made it into the hoppers at all three Mints, were struck and released into circulation.Would you believe that one just sold for a million dollars?

So go ahead, just walk past that penny now!