I ran across a blog the other day (sorry I can't find it now) where someone was pounding bronze coins. That led me to wondering about copper coins. Then I discovered this, "If your Lincoln Memorial penny has a date before 1982, it is made of 95% copper. If the date is 1983 or later, it is made of 97.5% zinc and plated with a thin copper coating."
|A comparison of size after pounding.|
After pounding, I dipped it in Liver of Sulfer, then buffed it a bit. I put a hole in it so it could be attached to something then used my
After stamping, I coated the entire piece with permanent black marker making sure to get it down inside the letters - then buffed the whole piece with a polishing cloth. I love the textured surface from all the pounding on a cement floor. Just try to imagine how incredible my muscles will be after all this pounding!
Pennies cost more to produce, at 1.4 cents a piece, than they are worth. According to Jeff Gore, an MIT physicist, people spend 72 minutes each year "fiddling with pennies."
Pennies have long been thought to be good luck pieces. Ever put one in your shoe? :)
Seize the Penny!