Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Benjamin Franklin's Grave

Ben Franklin, famous kite-flier and revolutionary, has an easily-visible grave that people throw pennies onto, perhaps hoping that the accumulated metal will attract lighting.
Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
In the historic district, on the south side of Arch St. just east of its intersection with N. 5th St. The grave is easily visible for free just on the other side of an iron gate, or you can wander the cemetery for a small fee.
M-Sa 10-4, Su 12-4. Closed Dec.-Feb.
Adults $2.
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Franklin plaque.

Benjamin Franklin's Grave

There is a brass plaque for the Last Resting Place of Benjamin Franklin on the cemetery wall. There were lots of pennies on Ben's grave for some reason.

[Shannon Hiser, 11/29/2016]

It's a longstanding tradition to toss pennies on Franklin's marble ledger tablet -- to the point that funds are currently being raised to repair coin cracks and damage.

Benjamin Franklin's Grave.

Benjamin Franklin's Grave

The grave of founding father Benjamin Franklin is in Christ Church Burial Ground. People throw pennies on it for luck. It can be seen from the street, or from inside the cemetery for a fee. Other notable burials here include multiple signers of the Declaration of Independence.

[Sarah, 08/15/2015]

The notion that visitors accrue drastically more luck by tossing $100 bills onto it has yet to catch on.

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