Portland Penny

Portland Penny

The Portland Penny is the name subsequently given to a specific coin, a U.S. copper one-cent piece, used to decide the name of Portland, Oregon, United States. Two immigrants, Francis Pettygrove from Portland, Maine and Asa Lovejoy from Boston, Massachusetts both wanted to name the fledgling site—then known as "The Clearing"—after their respective home towns.

The coin toss was decided in 1845 [ cite web
url = http://www.pdxhistory.com/html/historic_portland.html
title = Historic Portland
publisher = Pdx History
accessdate = 2008-03-14
] with two out of three tosses which Pettygrove won. [ cite web
url = http://www.travelportland.com/media/history.html
title = Portland History—The Town that was Almost Boston
publisher = Travel Portland
accessdate = 2008-03-14
] Portland was incorporated in 1849. [ cite web
url = http://www.pdxhistory.com/index.html
title = Welcome to PdxHistory.com
publisher = Pdx History
accessdate = 2008-03-14

The coin, minted in 1835, is now on display in the headquarters of the Oregon Historical Society.


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