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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 14, April 2, 2006, Article 34

RECORD-SETTING FLAG MURAL MADE OF 100,000 CENTS

[This item ran in last week's E-Sylum, but with a few changes.
As an April Fool's joke I changed the subject of the mural from
a U.S. Flag to a taco, and the setting from a coin shop to a
taco shop.  Here's the original, unedited version. -Editor]

According to an article in the Pioneer Press of Minneapolis,
"It's almost official: The largest permanent mural made of
coins is in Minneapolis.

On Saturday, Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer measured a
mural inside a coin shop at Seventh Street and Marquette Avenue
in downtown Minneapolis and, at 209.5 square feet, pronounced
it larger than the previous record holder in Ranchero, Calif.

Now all Bill Himmelwright has to do is send in the paperwork
to Guinness World Records, culminating 2? months of plastering
pennies to the wall of his store to make a giant U.S. flag.

The mural measures 10? feet tall by almost 20 feet wide and
is made up of 100,000 pennies, give or take. That's about
$1,000."

"Himmelwright crafted the flag's stripes and other features
using natural color variation in pennies. He estimates he and
friends combed through 365,000 pennies to come up with 55,000
coins that were brown."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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