Back in my artist heyday (my high school years), I came up with the idea to make a portrait of Abraham Lincoln using different shades of pennies.  I started gathering the pennies during high school, and soon had several jars of pennies for the project. 


For some reason I never got around to assembling the actual picture.  But after my mission and while seeing my family grow, the jars of pennies – used as bookends or decorative nick-knacks around the house – served as reminders that I should finish the picture.


Finally, 2009 provided enough incentive.  2009 was the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth (born on February 12, 1809), and 2009 was the 100th anniversary of the modern penny (the penny with Lincoln on the front). 


I finished the picture a few weeks ago, and I have attached a photograph of it (although a photo doesn’t capture its true look due to the shininess of the pennies).





Here are some random facts about the picture: