"Copper Head" 12"x12" Mixed Media on Wood

Did you know that between 1909 and 1982, pennies were made from 95% copper and 5% zinc. Today - you can reverse those numbers. They are now made from only 5% copper and 95% zinc. After 1982, pennies cost nearly double their value to make. For this reason, many people believe they will be removed from circulation one day soon.

"Copper Head" is made from pennies minted prior to 1982 (95% copper) when they were backed by the full value of the semi precious metal used to make them. This is something our founding fathers might be more proud of than the pennies minted today (that could be mistaken for play coins by kids). This piece is a reminder of the little decisions that can be made that have such signifiant meaning to our economy. I will leave the impact of these decisions for you to research further. I wonder what Abe would think? In an upcoming series, I'll show you what he may think, but for now he stands proudly in front these rare coins. As an fyi On Feb 8th, a Penny minted prior to 1982 was worth $0.017

Privately owned by Melissa Lauth - NYC. Another to be on exhibition in March at Image Gallery in Brooklyn NY (see exhibitions for more information)