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The conventional name for a coin container used by youngsters is a piggy bank (also known as a penny bank or money box). Collectors refer to the piggy bank as a “still bank,” in contrast to the “mechanical banks” prevalent in the early twentieth century. Companies frequently utilize these products for promotional purposes. Many financial service firms use piggy banks as emblems for their savings products, and the word ‘piggy bank’ gave rise to its well-known ‘pig’ form.

Ceramic or porcelain are the most common materials used to make piggy banks. They are usually decorated and used as a pedagogical tool to teach youngsters the basics of saving and thrift; money may be simply inserted. A rubber stopper is found on the underside of many piggy banks; others are made of vinyl and feature a detachable nose for quick coin access. Electronic technologies are used in some to calculate the quantity of money deposited. Some piggy banks do not have an opening other than the slot for entering coins, requiring the money to be extracted by breaking the piggy bank with a hammer or other means.

The first Western money box was discovered in the 2nd century BC in the Greek colony of Priene, Asia Minor, and is in the shape of a small Greek temple with a slit in the pediment. Money boxes of various shapes and sizes have also been discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and they are common on late antique provincial sites, notably in Roman Britain and along the Rhine.

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On the Indonesian island of Java, the earliest documented pig-shaped money containers date from the 12th century. The contemporary Indonesian language includes the Javanese term cèlèngan (meaning “likeness of a wild boar,” but also used to signify “savings” and “piggy bank”). At the huge archaeological site around Trowulan, a town in the Indonesian state of East Java and a potential site of the ancient Majapahit Empire’s capital, a great number of boar-shaped piggy banks were unearthed.

The English language term “piggy bank” has a multitude of folk etymologies, although there is no definite origin for the phrase, which dates only to the 1940s. The popularity of Western piggy banks is thought to have started in Germany, where pigs were regarded as good luck symbols. The earliest German piggy bank was discovered during building work in Thuringia in the 13th century. The term “pig bank” was first used in English in the 1903 novel An American Girl in Mexico, when it was described as a Mexican memento. Piggy banks are known in Mexico as Blanca; a phrase derived from Andalusian Arabic.

Piggy banks are commonly used to keep loose change in a charming, creative manner. Modern piggy banks do not have to be in the shape of pigs and may be made in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Because they are lockable money boxes with a tiny aperture to dump cash or coins, they are most often utilized by temples and churches. At regular intervals, the box is opened through a plug beneath it, and the money gathered is tallied and recorded.

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