Abe Lincoln in Pennies

Jeff Haber had been collecting pennies for 30 years, and this year, he decided to do something about his collection: he and his son Danny made a portrait of Lincoln out of 2,400 pennies (that's just $24!):

Danny Haber, a 15-year-old sophomore at the high school, said it was "common sense" to use the pennies for a Lincoln picture because of the obvious connection and because it was more practical than using nickels, dimes or quarters.

His father said pennies are the only coins that have different color shades - mostly because of age and usage. There was no coloring or shining those coins, Haber said.

"It's the only coin that has dark and light," he said. "We didn't do anything to the coins. None of the pennies are altered."

http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008802180334 - via Unique Daily

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Aww, that's awesome that they made a father-son project out of that - and how interesting, too, I mean I'd always realized different pennies were lighter or darker than others, but it had never occurred to me that the difference was so extreme that you could actually take advantage of it in making a picture ...

(And btw, I love the turn of phrase, "do something about his collection" instead of 'do something -with- it,' it almost makes it sound like a problem that needed to be addressed (and let's face it, 30 years' worth of pennies kind of -is- a problem) =)
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