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Uncle Sam wants YOU to save your pennies. But it took lots of pennies and lots and LOTS of dollars to win this "Uncle Sam" bank at a recent Morphy auction. This cast iron mechanical bank was made by Shepard Hardware Co. of Buffalo, N.Y. in 1886, when it sold for $8.50 per dozen. The winning price in April was $26,910.


Put a coin in Uncle Sam's extended hand. When the lever behind the umbrella is pushed, the bag opens, his arm lowers, and the coin drops into the bag (actually into a receptacle below). The bag snaps shut and then his beard bobs up and down.


For more prices on mechanical banks, see Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles 2008 Price List.




#1 Uncle Sam mechanical bankSergio Leon 2014-04-09 17:56
What marks do the Uncle Sam mechanical banks have to determine how old they are

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