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Make a Wish: What Really Happens After Throwing Coins in a Fountain

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Would you dive into a fountain to collect all those coins?

People love tossing a coin into a fountain. While most know that it probably won’t bring them luck or fulfill their wish, the practice persists. (What most may not is that the long-standing tradition has historical roots.)

More money than ever seems to be sinking into the shallow depths. One cent is not a big deal to most people, but all of those coins add up pretty quickly. There’s a ton of money to be had for those willing to get their feet wet and collect all the coins.

How’d throwing money into water become a thing? Where is all of the coinage going? Keep reading.

underwater shot of coins at trevi fountain

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