Since we did talk about this the other day, I went back to see if I could find something else connected with pennies and I found this about Penny, Tyrion's companion.  You pointed out back in your Tyrion Targaryen essay that one of the associations between Tyrion and the gargoyles was because he gets his head rubbed. And then I thought that referring to Tyrion being lucky and then following it with a sentence puts Penny in with 'lot', 'luck, makes the association that Penny is supposed to