The homeland of the piggy bank is called China, Germany and even Malaysia. According to unverified information, one of the private collections in the Netherlands contains piggy banks made in Malaysia. Their age reaches one and a half thousand years.
The Strongest Piggy Banks
The most reliable ones were made at the Polish factory "Trud", which belonged to the Russian Empire. They were made of metal. Each such item was called a "savings bank". That is, it became a kind of mini-bank for each owner. During the Soviet era, piggy banks were declared a bourgeois relic and banned. But the underground fashion for them still persisted. These products were made handicraft.
Why piggy banks are made in the form of a pig
In the Middle Ages, household dishes in England were made from cheap ginger clay - pygg. Clay pots - pygg jars - were also used to store salt and small coins. When clay fell out of use, the meaning of the word pygg was forgotten, the outdated concept was consonant with pig - "pig". There was confusion. The "clay pot" was transformed into a "pig pot".
UK banks have refused to use the piggy bank for advertising purposes. This was because the established symbol of economy insulted the feelings of Muslim clients.
Japanese piggy banks
A "tamagotchi piggy bank", developed by the Japanese company Bandai, has appeared on Japanese shelves, which needs to be constantly fed with coins. Not receiving a new portion of money in due time, the egg-capsule falls into pieces. Sellers assure that the souvenir teaches discipline and allows you to quickly collect the required amount.
Unusual piggy banks
In Canada, piggy banks are sold, which are made by professional taxidermists from the bodies of newborn piglets. Their cost is about $ 4, 000.
In 2010, a bronze sculpture-piggy bank in the shape of a toad was installed in the Khreshchaty Park of Kiev; it occupies 4 square meters and weighs more than 6 tons. A special bucket-coin acceptor is built into the monument, which can hold about 9, 000, 000 coins. When he can no longer accept coins, a mechanism will work that will turn the bucket and all this wealth spills out at the feet of the one who last tried to throw a coin at the toad.
The most unusual piggy bank was discovered by doctors at the University of Tennessee during an urgent operation on the stomach of a young woman. It contained 585 pennies, 17 5 cents, 12 10 10 cents, 8 25 cents and 1 deutsche mark.
Largest piggy bank
According to the Guinness Book of Records, the largest piggy bank is located in Ludwigsburg, Germany. The record was fixed on May 18, 2015. The piggy bank is 8.03 meters long, 5.54 meters high, and 5.58 meters wide.