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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 28

HISTORY OF "PENNY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS"

A subscriber writes: "When did the saying "a penny for your
thoughts" start, and how much would that penny be worth today?
This was Yahoo!'s 'Question of the Day' for June 9, 2006.
Sometimes it's interesting to know how the general public
perceives numismatics."

The Yahoo article notes: "The phrase was mentioned in 1522 by Sir
Thomas More in his work "Four Last Things." Playwright John
Heywood included "a penny for your thoughts" in his catalog of
proverbs published in 1546 or 1562. These are the earliest recorded
uses, but the saying probably dates further back, as the penny
itself has a long history."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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