There are more penny banks, coin banks, money banks than banks in the shape of a pig, the ones we Dutch call piggy banks in the shape of a pig. It is a bit odd therefore to state that the piggy bank in the shape of a pig is the one and only real bank. I would not dare say that! The piggy bank in the shape of a pig looks very modest between the millions of coin banks, of which many are also mechanical. The words 'piggy bank' even are a label for banks in every shape.
I my collection there are only banks in the shape of a pig. Recently I was introduced to become a member of the EMBC, the European Money Bank Collectors Society. There also the 'department' piggy banks in the shape of a pig is the tiniest.
I am a collector of old fashioned piggy banks in the shape of a pig, the ones that one has to smash to get the coins out.
Metaphorically speaking, for there are more civilized ways of getting your money out.
Who I am? Gert Deelman, I am Dutch, live in The Neteherlands and I collect banks (as I stated before all of them pigs!) since 1965 and after almost 50 years I think I have developed an expertise on the banks that I collect. My collection consists of over 900 original and unique piggy banks (shape of a pig!). Almost 50 years ago I “fell in love” with piggy banks, I have no affection however with real pigs.
Not one of the more than 900 piggy banks has a plug ore hole in the belly/ bottom. As I mentioned before one has to smash it to get the coins out. Methods to get your money out and save the bank will be explained later on. I bought a lot of them myself in various places in Europe. The rest I bought via eBay, boot fairs, antique markets or from fellow collectors who stopped collecting.
To be admitted to my collection a piggy bank must:
look like a pig;
be made of clay, porcelain or plaster;
absolutely have no stopper (plug) in the belly/ bottom. The ones, one has to smash to get the money out;
in a good condition, preferably mint. But I realize that most old piggy banks are used, so a little damage is sometimes inevitable.