Abbott's Blog

06 Oct 2019

A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned

Numismatic Artistry | Abbott

"A penny saved is a penny earned" is a quote often attributed to Benjamin Franklin, however, he didn't coin it. In his 1737 Poor Richard's Almanac, Franklin delivered the line: "A penny saved is two pence clear." And later, in the 1758 almanac, he wrote a version closer to the saying we know: "A penny saved is a penny got." He never used the word "earned."

While Benjamin Franklin is known for his many inspirational quotes, he is often attributed to saying something he didn't. So, who said, "A penny saved is a penny earned"? Did anyone?

I just wanted to share this plate that I purchased during my Washington DC and Philadelphia trip a few years back. I use it today to place pocket change on before I search thru them to find anything I need.



Level 5

Nice! Love the insight into the phrase.


Level 6

Interesting. Nice plate..


Level 7

Thanks for the info. There must be hundreds of quotes that are said and written wrong. For now he can have it. It's easy to explain. The reason he said it that way in Europe they used thebword penny and pence. Here we say cents not oenny.

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