piggy bank

Ever wondered about the origins of the Piggy Bank?

The piggy bank was invented more than 600 years ago and it came in the form of a perfectly reasonable domestic need. People who needed a place to store their money used pots their coins and keep them handy. At that point, it was yet to be common that metals were used for pots and pans.

Cookware as generally made from clay, and that clay was called ‘pygg’.

You can see where this is going.

When people of the time had a some coins that needed a place for storage, they dropped them into a clay jar and they called it a ‘pygg’ bank.

In old English, it was said that actual pigs would loll about in ‘pygg’ slop and that may well have contributed to the name for the banks.

By the time the 19th century rolled around, potters in England were creating vessels shaped like pigs specifically for use as banks, and there you have the origin of the piggy bank.

As for today, the Royal Mint has recently created the most expensive piggy bank in the world. It’s wrought from 18-carat gold and costs – prepare yourself – $127,000. The silversmiths at Phillip Kydd created the banks, part of line they call Minty, which are the top of the line in hog-based savings.


Shaking all over, she arrives near the lamp, and her dizziness grants her one last vague reprieve before she goes up in flames.

She has fallen into the green tablecloth, and upon that advantageous background she stretches out for a moment (for a unit of her own time which we have no way of measuring) the profusion of her inconceivable splendor.

She looks like a miniature lady who is having a heart attack on the way to the theater.

She will never arrive. Besides, where is there a theater for such fragile spectators?….

Her wings, with their tiny golden threads, are moving like a double fan in front of no face; and between them is this thin body, a bilboquet onto which two eyes like emerald balls have fallen back….

It is in you, my dear, that God has exhausted himself. He tosses you into the fire so that he can recover a bit of strength. ( Like a little boy breaking into his piggy bank.)

~ Rainer Maria Rilke
From: The Complete French Poems, Poems and Dedications, 1920-26
translation: Stephen Mitchell

How much money can you save in a piggy bank?

A rough estimate is that, depending on the orientation of the coins within the container, a gallon vessel would contain roughly 10,500 dimes, 4200 quarters or 2100 half-dollars and that adds up to something like $1050 per gallon in American coins.

So let’s say your piggy bank is roughly the size of a Mason canning jar, That would mean it can hold about $200 in quarters.

The U.S. Mint says the dimensions of a quarter are 24.26 mm in diameter and 1.75 mm in thickness and that means a quarter takes up a volume of 808.93 cubic millimeters.

Of course, the number also depends on the size of your piggy bank. The Kreissparkasse Ludwigsburg bank in Germany built a bank 26 ft long and 18 ft tall, and it ranks as the world’s largest piggy bank. It weighs in at a truly porky 7 metric tonnes and it’s built from fiberglass and reinforced plastic materials. It’s laid out in two floors that house an exhibition regarding the history, development and the usage of currency, and you can leave the interior of the bank using a slide.

Annamarie Aveytia

By Annamarie Aveytia

Annamarie is our creative director and her experience includes more than 14 years experience in visual design and a background in B2B and B2C communications. A creative thinker able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, she collaborates closely with members of our marketing and creative teams to fully understand the scope of our project to develop campaign strategies. Placing data, storytelling and innovation at the wheel of driving brand strategy, she thrives on creating culturally impactful and meaningful user experiences. Annamarie earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Maryville University in St. Louis, MO, and she spends her free moments pursuing interests in automotive illustration, auto racing, equestrian sports, photography, film-making and piloting drones.

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