Lucky Penny 4 You




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Take an Iron ( not copper ) penny add two small but Powerful NIB magnets
and you can assemble this fun conversation starter.
It's an easily wearable personal  iconographical boost.

Step 1: Tools & Materials

Only  One Tool Is Needed

This tool is your trusty computer,   which is necessary to buy the two NIB magnets.
I recommend you get ten of everything.............  your friends will love it.
And if your as old as the coin as I am get 20 of each.

Materials Needed

First you need a clean 1943 iron penny.  This is available through a numismatist ( coin ) shop. 
  1. I used to buy the iron pennies from Wonder Magnet.
  2. More recently I would buy 50 at a time about 40¢ each last year from a local coin shop.

You need one NdFeB Neodymium-iron-boron Disc Magnet, 3/8 in. x 1/8 in.
  1. Available from Forcefield Magnet

And you need one NdFeB Neodymium-iron-boron Disc Magnet, 3/8 in. x 1/16 in.
  1. Also available from Forcefield Magnet.

Step 2: What Is an Iron Penny

An Iron penny is basically made of.........Zinc coated Steel.
it  can  and does  Rust,
but the color is Blue like steel pic_1.
it is Magnetic and is strongly attracted to magnets.

Some Stats;

The penny was made by the US in 1943, because of the  War effort that needed the Copper for bullets.
Real 95% Copper pennies circa 1960 weigh o.11 ounces,  while Iron pennies weigh o.10 ounce each. 
Keep in mind there has been  No significant Copper  in  American pennies since the 1983.
Present coinage is 2.5% Copper 97.5% Zinc per penny, circa 2000 weigh only o.09 ounces today.

See the four Iron pennies attached to a small stack of 3/8" diameter horizontal magnets.

And the five iron pennies step-stacked with a sixth vertical iron penny held in position by  NIB  magnets.

Step 3: NIB's Have More Pull

Neodymium-iron-boron permanent magnets are the strongest type of permanent magnet made.
"They have replaced other types of magnets in the many applications in modern products
that require strong permanent magnets, such as motors in cordless tools, hard disk drives,
and magnetic fasteners" and toys.

Two 3/8" Magnets are the fasteners to promote this rare iron penny on clothes
hanging on from your body.

These magnets are Not-Metal but a Ceramic,
They cannot be drilled or machined,
They shatter into sharp little black glassy shards
They cannot be soldered or welded they die about 350º
The thin nickle plating conducts electricity.

 Hazards ;

NIB magnets larger than a few centimeters are strong enough to cause injuries
to body parts pinched between two magnets.
Magnets allowed to get too near each other can strike each other with
enough force to chip and shatter the brittle material, and the flying chips
can cause injuries.
There have even been cases where young children who have swallowed
several magnets have had a fold of the digestive tract pinched between
the magnets, causing injury or death.

They Are Small for Their Pull

See a 100 each 1/8'' and 1/16 stacked nickle plated ( gold plate  is available )
magnets holding one iron penny.
See also the two individual NIBs in relation to a copper penny for a relative size.

These small magnets are safe to handle on skin.

!!  WARNING  !!

These little magnets Will destroy your smart phone, MP3 player hard drives permanently,
Wipe your credit cards and magnetize and Lock up mechanical watches.

So, keep your iPhone and iPod ½ foot away from these magnets.
I do not assume any responsibility for any damage you cause
by leaving these magnets lying around loose.

I keep my unused magnets in a steel folder box.

Step 4: Wearing Iron

Wearing the Iron Penny

Place the magnets on both sides of a T-shirt, if you are a guy.
You gals might have to anchor the magnets on a bra strap under your blouse.
Separating the magnets is easily done by sliding them apart with both hands.

!!!  DANGER  !!!
IF You Have Imbedded Heart Electronics Under Your Skin
Like a Defibrillator or a Heart Pacemaker.

When you decide to wear and display the Iron penny.
You should be aware that removing the coin is best separated by sliding the penny sideways off the magnet.
Don't pull, you will only distend your clothing.
Undressing at night  without first removing the coin,  can send it anywhere in a room
depending on how you disrobe.

Step 5: Fun of Magnets

Weather you believe, that if you enjoy it you will be messy at it,  or not.
The penny can let you look Techie while wearing a serviette for Lunch
and not spattered over your shirt or blouse .

Or do you need a third hand at the Theater for a ticket pass ??

Step 6: Pennies at the Burn

Have a Look around the desert.
See the author wearing penny with a Gorgeous Scandinavian Wife.
Followed by Ben dispensing a truck of his welcome ice creme
making burners smile girls stretching out. 
Even Cops and a Feminazi crack a grin.

Work your way bartering things for things until you are on top of it all last pic.

Step 7: Trading in the Desert

Author ( POP ) and  #1 Daughter burners both posing with Ferric penny.

Author spinning his wheel at the Belgian Waffle then commiserating with a buddy.
You can see an Iron penny on the shirt I wear in pic_2.

You are asked to,  barter and  discouraged  from buying anything  but water,  coffee,  ice and 
the mounting effluent tank pumping truck.  

The magnets and iron penny are sought after barter goods even
by pro dancers for the main event in pic_3.

By this end of the week the playa dust has gotten into the camera and every other thing.
And I have bartered and given away my 100 Iron iconographic treasures.



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    94 Discussions


    1 year ago

    Can I please know your email? I would like to message you personally. :)

    1 reply

    Reply 11 months ago

    Just PM me and it privately reaches my email..

    I'm the only one who reads it..

    icengHazel Gaul

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks for your nice comment :-)

    Hazel Gaul

    1 year ago

    I have lot of coins collection with me at home and relating same story...

    1 reply

    6 years ago on Introduction

    In the spirit of your iron penny @ burning man........ I gave mine all away! Since, I have purchased some and its a very addictive activity. Anyone who spots it or asks about my "hat pin" gets one. Thanks again

    4 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I was all set to buy another hand out set of magnets an coins for this years burn
    when they whacked the tickets for this year :-(

    Now the best are not going, sad...



    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Unlike all years before, they random selected who could buy 2 tickets
    this year, because they ran out of the desert authorities 50K limit..

    Ex ample, The people who spend $40,000 to put up a free bar only got
    half their workers ( impossible situation ) so they are not doing the bar.

    This hurt every art project.... In the 11Hour the desert authorities relented
    to permit 60K tickets Too Late for restarting major art projects. 
    Several mini burn events already occur ed on Indian controlled land.

    The whole event is whacked #¬þ



    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    That's sad. Seriously sad.......BUT, how have the "Burning White Guy" events been going :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have lots of these. They are a cheap and easy way to start a coin collection. Very nice 'Ible.

    2 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Yea, saw your page.  You do good stuff with monies.
    I enjoy using UV to see the hidden fluorescent reflector strip in US paper.

    I think what made this ible soar was the word LUCKY ,
    and it didn't hurt to have one of my pictures placed as the first Pic
    in Google's images for " Iron Penny "

    Thanks for commenting.   BTW publicize your next ible on Facebook etc.



    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    not very many copper ones were stamped that year, In fact, IIRC, they are worth a LOT if you have one.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I can attest to that rarity having spent four score years searching for a
    copper 1943 penny and never found such a coin.



    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, you truly do learn something new everyday... I had to look up the facts on this "rare copper penny" and found some info that suggest an authentic 1943, copper U.S. Penny is worth $10,000 +

    That being said, there are a lot of forgeries out there. Its considered an "error coin", because the U.S. Mint accidentally used the wrong planchet metal, but coins got out before the error was discovered.

    I must be checking my coins more often.... even here in Canada, our coins are inundated with U.S. pennies.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I think I read somewhere that only a few hundred may have been struck, and that most of them are in the hands of collectors....with maybe 6 or so in circulation if they haven't been destroyed somehow...