Pitching pennies

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Child playing Pitching Pennies (drawing)

Pitching pennies is a game played with coins. Players take turns to throw a coin at a wall, from some distance away, and the coin which lands closest to the wall is the winner.

In Britain the game is also known as pap or penny up, and it is referred to as pitch and toss in Rudyard Kipling's poem If—. In Scotland it is called keeley, in Wales nippy, and other names include chucks, quarters, tinks and jingies.

The history of the game is ancient, and it is known to have been played by Ancient Greek children using bronze coins.[1]

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  1. ^ Gulick, Charles Burton (1902). The Life of the Ancient Greeks: With Special Reference to Athens. New York, NY: D. Appleton & Co. p. 77. OCLC 415193.

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