Good luck. A stroke of luck. A lucky streak.
Down on your luck. Tough luck.
The luck of the Irish. The luck of the devil.
Have one for luck. But don’t push your luck.
Because Lady Luck is a fickle mistress.
In all probability, the word luck was first used in the Middle Ages, and now has a long-standing association with coins; the lucky penny as a gift for a new-born baby; the lucky silver sixpence, stirred into a Christmas pudding to bring luck to whoever finds it in their bowl on Christmas Day (hopefully without the bad luck of a broken tooth!).
This is true around the world too; the US Silver Dollar is often referred to as the ‘lucky’ silver dollar, while the Japanese five-yen coin is often placed inside a new wallet when given as a gift to wish the receiver good luck. Indeed the Japanese words for ‘five yen’ are go on, a phrase often used between friends to wish each other luck.
Now, as luck would have it, one of history’s luckiest coins, the Angel, is available once more.
So, are you feeling lucky?