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It took lots of pennies and LOTS of dollars—$6,325 to be exact—to buy this bank, shaped like the tower of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. It sold at a recent Bertoia auction.

The cast iron mechanical bank was made by the Enterprise Manufacturing Co. of Philadelphia in 1875 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American independence. The embossed inscription around the base reads: "Independence Hall Tower," "To All the Inhabitants Thereof, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land," and "1776 Centennial Bank 1876." Insert a coin and press the lever. The coin drops and the tower bell rings.

Find prices of other banks here and in Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide 2011.

Have a Happy Fourth of July!




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