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« Reply #40 on: May 26, 2009 07:32:52 AM »

nickle and reading " I'm Rick James, Bitch".
my sil's bf has a shirt that says this and my dh's aunt and I were thinking about it after a few beverages that with one punctuation this would have a totally different meaning!

I'm Rick James', Bitch"

Totally!  and so funny!
I am sorry for the ridiculous story, but sometimes I can't help myself!

I love love love the pennies!  I love that Lincoln is saying "end war" and all that! 
I live in the Land of Lincoln and its his 200th Bday this year so its kinda big deal, plus its Illinois what else do we have!?  LOL!
I love pennies from those penny squashers, I have a passport too!  I can't resist them!  If I go anywhere and they have them I MUST get them!
really fun idea! I'd wear one as a charm!

« Reply #41 on: May 26, 2009 07:43:57 AM »

WOW! I so toldly love them... I think its awesome, stamp and get it into circulation, at least it will make the reciever think for a minute, or maybe longer. I once recieved a altered dollar you no one with a saying on it 3 times in a sevral month period, I kepp initialing and dating it every time I got it, so did a few others havent seen it in a while though.

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« Reply #42 on: May 26, 2009 08:47:10 AM »

That's really cool!
Thanks for sharing Smiley

« Reply #43 on: May 26, 2009 08:52:39 AM »

You may have just started a whole new' sharpie revolution' but with pennies instead. Awesome
so tacky its classy
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« Reply #44 on: May 26, 2009 09:58:47 AM »

i'm a cashier and someone who has "a thing" for looking at the dates on coins. wheat pennies really get me excited. i would LOVE to get one of these in a transaction. i will certainly keep my eyes peeled.

« Reply #45 on: May 26, 2009 10:59:47 AM »

Well, given what just happened in California...

It's time for a tute.

So, these pix were taken for another project, but they show you how to stamp metal.

Just close your eyes and replace the silver with a penny.

On second thought, keep your eyes open - no hammered fingers please.

Get your steel stamps.

These are the ones I use.

I got them here:

You can also use these kind (in the plastic container, but I find the plastic breaks and you're stuck with a messy steel pile of stamps.  Plus the plastic container version is around $20 and the wooden container version is just $20 more.  If you're on a budge, the plastic version will work just as well!

Here you can see that I have marked the metal with a Sharpie marker.  It's helpful if you are learning how to stamp, as you have a guide where you will stamp your letter.  But then you have to clean it off.  Trust me if comes off, but if you are in a hurry, I might omit the step. 

To stamp your message, place the penny on bench block, which has been placed on a solid surface.  You can skip this step and stamp on a level cement floor (which is what I do). 

Place the metal stamp flush with the surface of the penny and use a quick, firm strike with a claw hammer to create the impression.  I think you have more control over the hammer if you are gripping high on the neck.  Soft strikes result in faint letters and do-overs are always difficult.  Before you strike the stamp, check and double-check the placement. 

Notice how I hold the metal stamp.  It's really crucial to have a nice grip on the stamp, as you want to "feel" that it is connecting to the metal.

As you stamp the penny, it might begin to curl up, use the rawhide mallet to flatten the metal without marking it.  Simply tap the metal while its still on the bench block to flatten the surface.  You can skip this step altogether and just use the claw hammer, as any markings to the penny might add more character. 

Now, go forth and stamp!

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« Reply #46 on: May 26, 2009 11:18:21 AM »

very cool- how do you get the marker lines off?

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« Reply #47 on: May 26, 2009 11:29:04 AM »

I really think you may start a craze.  At least you will in my home. 

p.s. I'm an avid collector of smooshed pennies. 52 and counting.  I love finding new ways to "deface" money. THANKS!! Grin Grin Grin Grin

« Reply #48 on: May 26, 2009 12:43:50 PM »

Just fyi these are now mutilated coin. As are coins that have holes in them or have been shaved, etc. They'll be taken out of circulation once they get to a bank.

You are quite right that these coins are now mutilated and may indeed be pulled from circulation.  However, most coins sent back to Fed as mutilated are obviously mutilated -- such as the smashed coin or one that is shaved/rough.  Someone at the bank is first going to have to notice that the coin is mutilated and even then they're going to have to be annoyed enough to put it in the mutilated.  And unless the weight or magnetic properties of the coin has changed, a coin sorter isn't going to catch it. 

I think these will be hanging around for a while -- a bigger problem will be folks noticing the change and keeping them for themselves!
« Reply #49 on: May 26, 2009 01:27:54 PM »

New pennies.
Getting ready to "release" the first batch.

I think I'm keeping End Hate as ND H8.
I like that it's coded

I also changed =AT to =IT, with no Y.
Made more sense that way.

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