84,000 coins used to create giant Lincoln penny

An artist has worked full-time for three months to create a replica of a a Lincoln penny… using 84,000 pennies.

Wander Martich had started collecting the coins in 2006 when she was going through a tough period during which she got divorced, lost her job and lost her home to foreclosure.

And even after getting a job she and her two daughters continued putting $20 of pennies into a jar each week - which later developed into a savings account.

That was until 2010 when Martich decided to use her plethora of pennies to create a giant Lincoln penny for an art contest.

Martich said she embarked on the penny creation as a way of telling her story and the work has now been acquired by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!… we hope they paid at least $840 for it.

It took 10-14 hours a day for three months to stick all of the pennies to the wooden frame and the work was eventually called, 'Helping Mom One Penny at a Time'.

84,000 pennies were used
It took 22 tubes of construction adhesive to attach the pennies
It measures 8 feet in diameter
It stands nearly 10 feet tall
It weighs an estimated 1200 pounds
84,000 pennies = $840

Speaking of the work Martich said: "I wanted to share the message that anyone can do this, you just have to start somewhere. What matters isn’t how much you make, but how much you save.

"I needed very shiny pennies to create the highlights. I wanted to use the different natural shades of pennies to create the image."



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