This is a copper wire craft kit of an Indian Head Penny, dated 1973 on the back. My Uncle Bill, Hoohoo's husband, and my father's brother, made this during one of his recoveries from a heart attack. He had a few attacks in the seventies, and created quite a few pieces of needlework and crewelwork, along with this wire piece, all from craft store kits. I suppose working on labor-intensive, oh heck, OCD-driven pieces like this, must have been what the doctor ordered, so-to-speak.
This image is created from several different scans, it's much larger than my scanner, and taking photos of it didn't do justice to the hundreds of nails and miniscule wire used, so I pieced together several scans. That's why there are a few M.C. Escher-like disappearing lines in places, lol, but overall it gets the point across—this was a lot of work with a dubious outcome. I've wondered what to do with this piece for years, whether or not to include it in one of my own works, but so far, it has remained a testament to only one man's handiwork, and it just might stay that way. The piece is created on particle board with a black burlap covering.