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Benjamin Franklin’s Grave

benjamin franklin statue philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin was one of my favorite Founding Fathers. He died at the age of 84 in 1790 and is buried at the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia:

benjamin franklin grave

grave benjamin franklin

One will undoubtedly notice that pennies and other coins dot Franklin’s tombstone… A local tradition claims that tossing a coin onto the grave will bring the coin-tosser good luck. The tradition is believed to be connected to Franklin’s famous adage, “A penny saved, is a penny earned.”

Coincidentally, Benjamin Franklin’s grave is directly across the street from the Philadelphia Mint.

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