Most people have tossed a coin into a fountain, or dropped a penny down a wishing well, hoping by some miracle that the act would make their wish come true.
Another twist on this can be found in trees throughout Europe - if notice a peculiar "shine" to a tree, you may have just found a "wishing tree".
According to beliefs that date back to the beginning of the 18th century, one could rid himself of an illness by sticking a coin into a wishing tree so that the tree would assume the illness. If a person pulled one of the wishing tree’s coins out, he would become ill. Others took it a step further and thought that they would be granted a wish once the coin was driven past the bark and into the tree’s wood.
A number of "wishing trees" exist throughout Europe with coins that date back hundreds of years - definitely a site to see!