Abe received a small collection of pennies for Christmas this year. I wanted to do something special with them, so I put together a quick shadowbox to hold the collection.
In 2009, the US Mint issued four new pennies in honor of Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. Abe's collection had all four pennies, plus the newest design that features a shield on the back (instead of the image of the Lincoln Memorial that most of us grew up with). I didn't like how most of the collection consisted of shiny, new pennies, so I threw in a slightly tarnished shield penny to mix things up a bit.
I started by printing a US topographical map on my printer. I removed the insert from my Ikea shadowbox frame to determine what part of the map I wanted to use, then traced around the insert and cut along the lines to make the background.
I could have made a perfect grid but decided to just wing it. I measured my background to determine the center and placed the first penny, then I just eyeballed it when placing the rest.
Glue dots seemed to work well for holding the pennies in place (probably not archival but I doubt any of these pennies are worth much).
I wanted at least one penny to show Lincoln's head, and since the silver colored steel penny from 1943 was a "wheat penny" I showed the front of that one and the back (wheat side) of a copper penny from the 1950s.
Four of the pennies are from 2009 and commemorate Lincoln's life.
The oldest penny in our collection isn't even a Lincoln penny, but it's from 1903. I'd love to see a complete collection with the coins that were issued before the Indian Head penny!
I collected all of the 50 State Quarters but haven't done anything with them yet. Maybe this year I'll get around to framing them. Anyone else enjoy collecting coins? How do you display them? Ever find one that was actually worth something?!