PENNY: Hands I Passed Through… Things I Saw… Stories I Can Tell! Review
by Peter Davidson
“Have you ever looked at a coin in the palm of your hand and wondered where it has been, what it has seen and heard, and what stories it could tell?
Well, in a nutshell, that is what PENNY is about as this very special one-cent piece passes through the hands of ordinary people, the famous, the infamous, the saints, and the sinners and hangs out in churches, honkytonks, and everywhere in between, This book tells the stories of the people whose hands PENNY passes through.
Why is this particular penny so special? Well, because it was the final penny ever minted of 95% copper, on OCtober 22, 1982. After that, all one-cent pieces are pathetic and puny consisting of 97.5% zinc with only a touch of copper thrown in. That’s why.
After reading PENNY, you might never again be able to pass by a penny lying on the ground without at least giving a thought to picking it up and putting it in your pocket.
Every book should be dedicated to someone or something, and this book is dedicated to the penny pinchers of the world. Okay, also to the penny hoarders.”
I was contacted by the author to read and review PENNY, I read the blurb and it sounded really good, completely different to what I normally read.
Penny is the last one-cent piece minted in the ‘old fashion’ and we follow its story, which goes from minting through being trodden on, going to gigs to being used as evidence.
I think this is such a unique take for a story, and I really enjoyed it. I was hooked pretty quickly and following penny on its journey was really fascinating and has made me think about what a penny (or any money) goes through.
There were a lot of amazing parts and as each person is a different segment, it is hard to pick one as my favourite.
PENNY does not end on a cliffhanger, as it is just penny continuing on with its journey.
While reading this book, I described it as the journey that a penny goes on and what happens while it is with each person. I would recommend it to anyone. 4 out of 5.