Money Does Grow On (Wishing) Trees

1375286_596335400413053_781813128_nWho says money doesn’t grow on trees?

This is a “coin tree”, or wishing tree. The tradition of sticking coins into fallen trees started in Great Britain sometime in the early 1700’s, and was thought to bring good luck, especially with one’s health. Plant a coin in the tree, and your illness goes away; remove a coin from the tree, and inherit the illness of the person who placed the coin there.

Rumor has it that in one of the coin trees of Scotland there is a gold Florin imbedded deep into the trunk of a wishing tree that’s been undisturbed for hundreds of years — after all, who wants a sickness so severe that it prompted a wish made of gold?

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