Jacqueline Lou Skaggs made use of discarded pennies by painting them with meaningful portrait and landscape images. Citing inspiration from thrift stores to Picasso, her project is ambitious and clever in all the right ways. In her words,

"Initially these coins were going to be spent—nestled with other coins in an exchange of goods. Or tossed back to the sidewalks from whence they came. Nice thoughts. However, these works remain hoarded as art rather than currency or discarded, valueless copper."

[via Jacqueline Lou Skaggs]