ABOUT THE COLLECTOR

 

banks on a shelf

 

Welcome to Bankcollectormark.com
Greetings my name is Mark Mills. Born in Canada in the 1950’s as an small boy I was given my first bank. At about five years old I was asked what I would like from a gift shop on a family holiday and I picked up a bank.  Those banks from my youth are what started my collection and today they still have more sentimental value then true cash value. After receiving a few more banks in my early years I was hooked. Over the years I searched flea markets, garage sales, and auctions along with used second hand stores. Then along came the internet and the world opened up for buying and collecting world wide .  Now with the aid of computers collecting has become so much easier. The whole world is only a few key strokes away.   I am constantly searching for special banks and those that reflect the area in which they were purchased… a light house from the coast a grain elevator from the west building banks from the east. What started out with just one Bank … grew into a collection far larger then I had ever expected. Before the age of computer I was lucky to buy five banks a month looking at flea markets and having people in the second hand business on the constant search for banks. Now today a few banks every week is common place and if there is a sale or auction happening that may have banks I am able to buy as many as one to a hundred banks in one day. Now with retirement knocking at my door I have decided to feature my collection on a Virtual Museum. Please come back often to see how things are going as this site. It may take years to fully evolve into the interactive site I have planned in my mind. Until I find a computer programmer willing to add all the bells and whistles and easy to use functions this site will remain low key. Contact me at bankcollectormark@aol.com if you have any coin bank stories you would like to share or any banks you would like to donate to the collection. With a very limited budget the hiring of a programmer is not on the horizon but I have one willing to work on the site so he can use it on his portfolio.  He is honing his skills at the University for the next few years. With our discussions on what I would love to see hopefully he will be able to turn my dreams into reality.