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The $840 Penny

Honest Abe Recreated in Coins


Wander Martich says the idea for the sculpture goes back to 2006, when she got divorced and lost her job -- and had to literally save pennies to make ends meet.
The Giant Penny

The Giant Penny

Ripley's Believe It or Not
She even kept her coppers in a big jug.

Now, she's back on her feet -- but when she heard about the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, the idea came almost naturally.

"Art was the only way I could tell a mass of people my story," she told Ripley's, which now owns her master work. "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."

Martich spent up to 14 hours a day working on the piece for three months, which took sixth place at the competition.

The 1,200-pound penny measures 8 feet in diameter. The 84,000 pennies in them are worth a whopping $840... but to see honest Abe in this way is certainly priceless.

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