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    One square foot of Lincoln cents.

    This topic came up on another thread and thought I'd share the info here.

    Two common ways to put cents into a square 12"x12".


    Method "A"- 1 foot square area = 16 cents x 16 cents (equal number of rows and columns)
    256 cents in 1 square foot



    Method "B"- 1 square foot area = 16 cents x 18.5 cents(+-) (Successive rows staggered)
    296 cents in 1 square foot

    (Method "B" requires about 15.6% more cents to cover the same area.)

    Now you can plan and save for those copper projects you've been dreaming of.
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    Cool thing Cliff! I'm a fan of Method B, but what to do about the uneven edges, just leave it blank? All kinds of ideas have run through my head for a copper back splash, table top, floor....

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    Interesting. Have you figured out how many in a square foot yet? I would, but math makes my cranium hurt.
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    That makecents Cliff!! I noticed you worked your blue/green crater coin in there!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VAB2013 View Post
    Cool thing Cliff! I'm a fan of Method B, but what to do about the uneven edges, just leave it blank? All kinds of ideas have run through my head for a copper back splash, table top, floor....
    Viv, you can cut cents to fill in the border, use a "pencil" moulding or use a modern metal border for tile.

    Quote Originally Posted by mustbebob View Post
    Interesting. Have you figured out how many in a square foot yet? I would, but math makes my cranium hurt.
    Funny you should ask Bob. Method "A" is 256 cents.
    Method "b" is 296 cents.

    Quote Originally Posted by makecents View Post
    That makecents Cliff!! I noticed you worked your blue/green crater coin in there!!
    Jon, not intentional at first but since it showed up in the group shot and did a photo "bomb", I hid it plain site in the method image

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    Funny you should ask Bob. Method "A" is 256 cents.
    Method "b" is 296 cents.
    I'm sorry....I meant a 12" x 12" cube Cliff. That's twice this year already I screwed up
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    Bob, we'll forgive you since it's so late in the year.

    A cube, hmmmmm. Interesting question. Lets see?

    A Lincoln is 1.52 mm thick ...................... 12" divided by 1.52mm = 200.5 layers of Lincoln's. (Circulated Lincoln's will probably have some wear so another reason to round up.)

    Method "A" - 201 layers x 256 = 51,546 Lincoln's
    (Zinc) 51,549 x 2.5 g = 128,873 g (
    284 lb, 1.86 oz)
    (Copper) 51,549 x 3.1 g = 159,802 g (
    352 lb, 4.85 oz)

    Method 'B" - 201 layers x 296 = 59,496 Lincoln's
    (Zinc) 59,496 x 2.5 g = 148,740 g (327 lb, 14.65 oz)
    (Copper)
    59,496 x 3.1 g = 184,438 g (406 lb, 9.86 oz)





    (BTW- The discussion with myself went something like this.
    ...... "Don't do it."
    ...... "Why not? Most everyone is probably watching snow fall and are looking for a distraction."
    ..... "Well since you put it that way. OK!
    And as a bonus I avoid all those "distracting" home projects!)

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    I just checked all your numbers and quite frankly, I wouldn't know if they were right or wrong. Being that it is the Holiday season, Who am I to argue?
    Bob Piazza
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    Quote Originally Posted by mustbebob View Post
    I just checked all your numbers and quite frankly, I wouldn't know if they were right or wrong. Being that it is the Holiday season, Who am I to argue?
    I was picturing a cube of Lincoln's and then trying to visually lift it off my desk and wondering how much it would weigh?

    T'is the season for 'nog, so maybe time for a Sunday 'nog brunch?

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