Thanks, folks, for your replies.
By the way, I'm calling it an "indian head penny" because I thought
that's what he called it, and that's the name that stuck in my head.
Maybe he called it something else, too, I don't know. I really don't
know anything about old coins, so perhaps that's the wrong name.
"Flying Eagle" would make much more sense, since it does have a
flying eagle on the one side. The eagle is in fact what he wants me
to pierce out to make the tie tack. As far as whether he's a
collector, all I can go on in that regard is what he told me, that he
is. The penny does have two large scratches on it, across the eagle,
so he told me he got it for a good price because it's not worth much
to collectors in that condition. He said he thought it was bronze,
but I wanted to check here since I thought there might be folks more
knowlegeable about it that he, at least regarding the metallurgy.
You know how you sometimes wonder about the people you get
commissions from? Someone asks for custom work, you have a weird
feeling, you quote a price, hope they'll lose interest, they walk
away, but then suddenly they're back & want you to do the piece?
Can't really say "no" at that point. It's not a big job, at least,
just a test of my sawing skills, really.
Anyway, I guess I have at least learned that it shouldn't be an
issue to solder it.
It now costs the US Mint 1.7 cents to manufacture a penny
where's the petition we can sign to stop the use of pennies, anyway?
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