Penny Portrait Kit

Learn facts about the 16th president while creating a mosaic poster using his coined likeness.
created by

Maury McCoy

$24.00

created by

Maury McCoy

read more about the maker

Penny Pincher

Put those pennies to good use! This poster set lets kids use the change they've collected over the years to create a copper-hued portrait of Abraham Lincoln. Instructions explain which penny patina variations go where and an educational booklet features facts about the 16th president and the history of the penny, along with scientific information like simple chemistry experiments using pennies and household materials. This kit is perfect for little history buffs, budding scientists, and coin collectors alike! Printed in Austin, Texas.

WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Maury McCoy is a freelance graphic designer living in Austin, TX. His background is diverse including working as a 3D animator and video game producer. The inspiration for this product came from having a jar of pennies, a fondness for our 16th president and too much free time! Numerous attempts were made to create an image that is both easy to assemble and a convincing optical illusion. What started out as a simple proof of concept on the computer turned into something he was finally content with 38 versions later.

Made in the USA
Ages
8+
Made from
paper, steel
Measurements
Poster: 24" L x 18" W
Ingredients
Notes
Kit Includes: poster, instructions, educational booklet, and a commemorative penny. Glue and additional pennies not included.
Item ID
24905

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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

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UncommonGoodsPenny Portrait Kit
 
4.0

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

No Pros

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A great product

Grandson thought this was the greatest thing I could ever have gotten him. Was challenging but fun to do.

Grandson thought this was the greatest thing I could ever have gotten him. Was challenging but fun to do.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I was very disappointed with this item.

For the price of the item, the pennies should have come with it. It is misleading from the picture. It is a flimsy poster. A poster that I paid $24 plus.

For the price of the item, the pennies should have come with it. It is misleading from the picture. It is a flimsy poster. A poster that I paid $24 plus.

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5.0

Fun Gift

By 

from Illinois

About Me Value Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Variety

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Art
    • School

    Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

    Fun gift. Great for a project.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
     
    5.0

    A penny portrait is not just a portrait, it's fine art!

    By 

    from Virginia

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

    • None!

    Best Uses

    • Art

    Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

    If I'm in need of the perfect unique gift, I know I can count on Uncommon Goods to have it.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A great product

    By 

    from Grove City, PA

    About Me Value Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lasting Fun

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

        Grandson thought this was the greatest thing I could ever have gotten him. Was challenging but fun to do.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        I was very disappointed with this item.

        By 

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

            For the price of the item, the pennies should have come with it. It is misleading from the picture. It is a flimsy poster. A poster that I paid $24 plus.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great little gift

            By 

            from Virginia

            Pros

            • Easily Completed
            • Great Coin Chemistry Use
            • Looks Great Finished

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                My husband is an avid coin collector. He enjoyed preparing the coins. The portrait was a rainy day project and it is hanging in his study.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very clever idea - was a great gift

                By 

                from Grand Rapids, MI

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                A great gift idea for a kid that has everything

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Loved it!

                By 

                from Cincinnati

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Unique And Fun To Do

                Cons

                • Coin Selection Vital

                Best Uses

                  Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                  Vital to plan ahead, work from inside out and choose the right coins, as directed.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes, Yes

                  (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  difficult to keep together

                  By 

                  from midwest

                  Pros

                  • Wonderful concept

                  Cons

                  • School Glue Poor Choice

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                    Pennies do not want to stay put and the poster is very heavy once assembled. Having a hard time getting the pennies to stay on with simple school glue.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes, Yes

                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Not exactly what I thought

                    By 

                    from Wheeling, Il

                    Verified Buyer

                    Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                    Thought this product would be a little more durable, item said it came with an educational booklet features facts about the 16th president and the history of the penny, along with scientific information. Nothing but a poster was in the tube. No instructions just a poster. Purchased another item to give for Christmas.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Includes a 1943 Steel Penny!

                    By 

                    from Austin, TX

                    Pros

                    • fun

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about UncommonGoods Penny Portrait Kit:

                        It should be noted this kit also comes with a 1943 steel penny for the budding numismatist!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No, No

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