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Lincoln portrait made out of pennies

By Gerald McKinstry for The Journal News 

Jeff Haber, left, and son Danny show off their creation, a portrait of Abraham Lincoln made with pennies.For Jeff Haber and son Danny framing pennies makes sense.

For decades, the elder Haber stashed the often-overlooked or unwanted copper coins. More recently, he decided to put them to good use. “I had a ton of pennies,” Jeff Haber said. “I have 30 years of collected pennies.”

Inspiration came in the form of a portrait of Abraham Lincoln made entirely of pennies that he saw at the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum in Florida about eight years ago. He and his son decided they were up for the challenge.

“What we saw in Florida was absolutely incredible,” Danny Haber said.

The first portrait they completed is hanging in their home. A second was purchased by the Ripley’s museum for $500. Now, the two have completed a third portrait, which they are donating to New Rochelle High School.

This one used 2,400 coins, or $24. The Habers said they spent nearly two months positioning and gluing the coins.

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  1. Admin | Apr 24, 2008 | Reply

    This is a great idea Mr. Haber and Danny undoubtedly did some serious artwork. The “face value” of the portrait is $24 but the work itself worth MUCH more.

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