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Burning Man Video - How the Copper Penny Bear was Made

FredWeinbergFredWeinberg Posts: 5,719 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited September 28, 2017 8:32AM in U.S. Coin Forum

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My daughter attended Burning Man last month, and another thread here showed some
photos of the Copper Penny Bear that was on display. She took some photos of her
in front of it, which was cool, but she just sent me this link to a nice video showing how
it was made.....enjoy......

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  • ctf_error_coinsctf_error_coins Posts: 15,433 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very cool video.

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  • DorkGirlDorkGirl Posts: 9,994 ✭✭✭

    Thanks. Burning Man is a strange event, not for the faint of heart. ;)

  • TennesseeDaveTennesseeDave Posts: 4,740 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for posting.

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  • gripgrip Posts: 9,962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Neat video. Thanks for posting.

  • TwoSides2aCoinTwoSides2aCoin Posts: 43,832 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited September 28, 2017 10:43AM

    Two thumbs (paws) up would be like twenty bucks, or $17. 80 at Coinstar. Nice video production.

  • BackroadJunkieBackroadJunkie Posts: 3,745 ✭✭✭✭✭

    And stuff like this is why they have to mint hundreds of millions of cents a year... ;)

  • johnny9434johnny9434 Posts: 27,489 ✭✭✭✭✭

    way cool

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,772 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Quite an amazing endeavor :smile:

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  • gripgrip Posts: 9,962 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I think its a fantastic peace of artwork. Wonder what it may look like if parts
    of the bear where done in silver.

  • DBSTrader2DBSTrader2 Posts: 3,447 ✭✭✭✭
    edited September 28, 2017 3:02PM

    Here's a link to another interesting project from the year before. Very cool!

    Although I have to admit it broke my heart to see them break-off all the pennies from the original for the re-do. Did they save/re-use them, or melt them down in Canada, at least?), or other? Could they be responsible for an artificial copper/zinc penny shortage in either country as a result? ;)

    And what's the possibility they attached a rare coin to the goose in the process without knowing it? :o Looks like in one scene where they show the coins, there's at least a steel cent towards the bottom of the glass jar! (I know that's not rare, but if they missed/used that one, what ELSE might they have used?!

    I sure hope the bear sculpture finds a place after Burning Man in a similar way as the goose, & is not destroyed.............

    In any event, enjoy!


  • astroratastrorat Posts: 9,221 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BackroadJunkie said:
    And stuff like this is why they have to mint hundreds of millions of cents a year... ;)

    Um ... it's closer to 9 billion cents a year ;)

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  • Batman23Batman23 Posts: 4,999 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thanks for sharing. I wondered how they did that and it was actually pretty simple. And only use $1,600 in pennies.

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Very interesting.... Thanks for the link Fred.... Cheers, RickO

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