Project to keep you busy: Abraham Lincoln Penny Portrait!

Okay guys,

Got something for you if you’re running out of ideas over there!


Feast your eyes on this bad boy:

The Abraham Lincoln Penny Portrait!

$19.99 + Free Shipping

abraham lincoln penny portrait

If that doesn’t scream “Great way to use your time” I don’t know what will! Lol…

But the best part? By the end of it you’ll have a work of art worth at least $8.46 ;)


Here’s what the kit contains if you’re wondering (and I know you are), and a MAJOR shout to the fine folks at for devising such a joy to work on…

You’ll have to supply the frame to feature your masterpiece in, but the rest they’ve covered + more.

Each kit contains:

  • 18 x 24 Penny Portrait Poster
  • Genuine 1943 Steel Penny
  • Assembly tips & tricks handout
  • Booklet with facts and info about
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Lincoln Pennies & Coin Collecting (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    • Chemistry Experiments with Pennies
    • Impressionist Art & Optical Illusion
    • & Much, Much, More!

Did you catch that?? Lincoln facts AND COIN COLLECTING info!! If you don’t buy it for the project, then buy it to help kick-start our hobby again! Haha…

And again, at $19.99 it’s a steal.

More info –>

In fact, you know what? I’ll go out and pick one up for you as a fun little giveaway today :)

Tell me one fun fact or quote you like from good ol’ Abe and you’ll be entered for it!

I don’t get a commission off any of this, just genuinely love the idea and think it’s a fun way to distract ourselves from all the not-so-exciting-news in the world right now…

If you end up grabbing one, shoot us a pic when it’s done and show it off! :)

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UPDATE: Giveaway now over! Congrats to Gloria for winning!

abe lincoln quote*Giveaway open to U.S. and international, however international winner will have to pay the shipping and I’ll just paypal you the $20 to cover the kit.

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  1. Slackerjo March 24, 2020 at 7:38 AM

    I think it’s universally acknowledged that Abe liked a good fart joke. Prove me wrong J. Money and Doris Kearns Goodwin!

    1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 8:26 AM

      Hahahaa…. you stop….

  2. Courtney March 24, 2020 at 9:20 AM

    “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” ~Abraham Lincoln

    My 3 kids who are home with my teacher-husband would love this fun project to work on!

    1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 11:30 AM



  3. Mr. P2F March 24, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    You are proof that there’s a million and one activities out there to keep the kids busy and learning during these rough times. Thanks for sharing!

    1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 11:31 AM

      Haha, thanks…

      If only I were brilliant enough to make up such a clever thing! :)

  4. stephanie t March 24, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Abraham Lincoln established the Secret Service the same day he was shot. Yes, my fav tv viewing is the History Channel.
    Thanks for a great motivation to keep finding useful ways to encourage me to use my downtime. And Slackerjo, we all need a good laugh; thanks!

    1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 11:46 AM

      WOWWW that is wild!!!!

      Though I guess it still wouldn’t have saved him :(

      “Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.”

      Thanks for playing along!

      1. renae March 24, 2020 at 3:33 PM

        Why did I not know that two presidents other than Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated while in office?!?

        1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 3:38 PM

          Not as famous I suppose!

          Garfield and McKinley, right?

          (I cheated and Googled, haha…)

  5. Avicado March 24, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Abe Lincoln did not belong to any church, never joined one in his lifetime. He read the Bible on his own.

    1. J. Money March 24, 2020 at 2:51 PM


  6. Rossdbos1 March 25, 2020 at 1:49 AM

    Here is a fun fact that’s not widely known.. Sorry, I know this is a money blog and this is a little off topic but a fun fact non-the-less.
    This is a little risqué but many consider Lincoln to be the first gay president. There are many documented accounts stating Lincoln shared his bed with men in the White House. And he had multiple male lovers besides his wife.

    This is a gay poem written by Lincoln.
    “For Reuben and Charles have married two girls,
    But Billy has married a boy.
    The girls he had tried on every side,
    But none he could get to agree;
    All was in vain, he went home again,
    And since that he’s married to Natty.”

    There is lots of historical debate about this. I like to think it’s all true. It would empower a lot of marginalized people if it is.

    1. J. Money March 25, 2020 at 6:11 AM

      You never know! :)

  7. Eric McPherson March 29, 2020 at 8:52 AM

    Abraham Lincoln set up the national banking system while he was president. Interesting fact that coincides with a very neat project. Thanks JMoney for sharing this project with everyone!

    1. J. Money March 30, 2020 at 6:57 AM

      Very interesting, thanks!

  8. J. Money March 30, 2020 at 5:29 PM


    Congrats to Gloria for winning!