Engraver Reshape Abe Lincoln’s Penny Portrait into a Skull

TVOvermind | 2/14/2018 | Wake
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I’m not sure why it was thought to be okay to reshape Abe Lincoln’s penny portrait into a skull, but I’ll at least give the engraver credit for the work that went into it. Otherwise it’s a little bizarre and very morbid. The work that had to go into this seems pretty extensive and might have taken a lot of time and patience to simply dig out what wasn’t needed and then chisel every little bit into the countenance so that it would come out as desired. It seems like the whole process of the turning Abe’s face into a skull was more taking away and then filling in certain lines than anything else. In a way it’s like watching what decomposition would look like in varying stages as the person’s skin deteriorated and then left behind nothing but bone.

Admit it, you wonder what prompted this to, more than just the fact that someone obviously wanted to do it. Why in the world would anyone think to make a skull out of the likeness of a president’s head on a coin? It could have just been something that someone thought up while looking at a penny or it could have been something an engraver wondered about and eventually took action on. There’s not real reason to it, but the result is very impressive all the same if somehow a little eerie. The amount of detail is amazing and the level of work put in on it is something to give some pause. But overall it’s just kind of a strange...
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