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JACKPOT BANK  RENO Nevada Slot Machine very heavy for size. Made of metal and chromed measures  5 3/4″ tall x 3 3/4″ long x 2 3/4″ wide.  There is a switch on the back set on jackpot and coin come back set on play and bank keeps the coins.  Coin slot is on the front top left (face bank) and takes dimes only. coin release is on the bank bottom with plastic twist cover.  This bank came with different variations the back of mine has the switch and release cap and raise print that says “JACK POT BANK RENO PLASTICS RENO NEVADA PAT. PEND. ”  to me this means the bank was made in the USA .  The other version of the back has another place on the ride back side for what looks like a switch hole (have only seen that back in pictures so more investigation is required) Tne front has a round sticker in the center the one I have says jackpot bank with map of Nevada and a prospector and donkey the other version has a picture of the Cowboy sign that was in Vegas  This bank is from the 1950’s or 60’s and is in very good shape .  Value $45.00 to $75.00   G



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Bandit Slot Machine bank by Radical Plastic made in China.  Measures 7 1/4″ tall x 5 1/2″ long x 1 1/2 “deep.  Takes two AA batteries red light goes off when you hit a jackpot.  Coin slot is on the front just below the reels on the right hand side.   Coin release is on the back bottom plastic door second door above it on right side is to house the batteries.   Insert coin pull arm and wheels spin. Added to collection May 1979  Excellent condition Value $20.00 to $35.00   G



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This plastic pyramid measures 6 1/2″ tall x 6″ long x 6″ deep.  Penny count 1131 .  Gold in color it has a Sphinx on the front as an entrance.  Their are etchings along the bottom and on both sides and on the back the words ” I LUXOR LAS VEGAS”.   coin slot is on back just above words and release is on the bottom with a rubber plug.  There are no markings as to origin or manufacturer.  Added to collection  Oct. 2007  Ex. condition value $20.00 to $25.00  G



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Each can has a different view on each side , tin litho made in China each measures 3 5/8″ tall x 2 3/4 long x 2 3/4 wide. Coin slots are on the top with two having the coin release on the bottom with metal plug and third one top lifts off to release coins. Added to collection  Oct. 2007 Excellent condition value $5.00 to $8.00 each  G



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Ceramic replica of the sign seen entering Las Vegas and Leaving. Made in China measures 4″ tall x 5″ long x 1 7/8 wide .   Coin slot is on the top beside the peak and coin release is on the bottom with rubber plug.  Added to collection Oct. 2007  Ex. cond. value $5.00 to $10.00  G

Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a similar distinction earned by Chicago in the 19th century). The city’s tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films, television programs, and music videos.



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Plastic pig with Innovation Place Logo on back Measures 5″ long x 4 1/2″ tall x 4″ wide.  Instructions call him “OINK”  He has two coin sots in his nose the top one says “SAVE”  the bottom one says”SPLURGE”  inside the bank is a divider have a top section and bottom section the bottom or splurge  coin release is a twist out plug.  To remove save coins they must come through nose slot.   Made in China is 1994 this bank was put in the collection in the late 1990″s.  Excellent condition value $5.00 to $10.00   G

Innovation Place is the registered business name of the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation (SOCO), a crown corporation in Saskatchewan  SOCO operates a network of three research parks one is Saskatoon , Regina and Prince Albert Saskatchewan.  Research parks such as Innovation Place are some times referred to as science parks or technology parks.



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THIS CERAMIC BROWN HOOF PIG  has no maker markings of origin however if was purchased at a gift shop so suspect China as place of manufacture.  Added to collection in summer of 2002   Measures  5″ long x 3 1/4″ tall x 3 1/2″ wide.  Coin slot is on top with coin release on bottom with rubber plug. Excellent condition value $5.00 to $10.00  G


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ARNOLD THE PIG …  Growing up I use to watch a show on TV with a pig named Arnold and this little guy reminds me of that pig.   Added to the Collection in November 2015 as a gift from Courtney Wall from her trip to Germany.  Made of resin material this bank was Made in Germany and date stamped July 1987 on bottom of the bank. Coin slot is on the top of the pig nd coin release is on the bottom with a twist plug.   Measures 6 3/4″ long x 4″ high x 2 1/2″ wide.  Very good condition value $15.00 to $25.00   G Bottom of bank picture will not copy well working on solution.



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BIG BLUE PIG  Hand Painted in DELFTS Blue by Jenny in Penticton B.C. Canada added to collection in November 1986 purchased at a craft show.  Coin slot is in the top center of the blue and coin release is in the bottom with a plastic plug.  This pig measures 13″ long x 5 1/2″ high x 5 1/2″ wide and is white and blue ceramic.  Excellent condition value $20.00 to $25.00   G

Delftware or Delft pottery, also known as Delft Blue, is blue and white pottery made in and around Delft in the Netherlands from the 16th century. Delftware in the latter sense is a type of pottery in which a white glaze is applied, usually decorated with metal oxides.



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PINK COUNTER PIG  Plastic made in China Pat. CE RoHS .   Measures  6″ tall x 5 1/2 across coin slot in top when coins inserted they are counted in proper amount and added to total.  Takes 2 aa batteries.  To releae coins bank twists apart in center. Put in collection in Jan. 2001 Excellent condition value $10.00 to $15.00  G



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DOLE HAPPY PINAPPLE   Made in China and measures 8″ high x 4″ deep x 4 5/8″ long made of ceramic.  ” DOLE HAWAII ” written on hat just below Hawaii the top separates from the bulk of the bank. Can be a surprise if trying to lift bank by stem.   Coin slot in top of stem coin release by separating two pieces and dumping out coins.  Body has two hands in white gloves a happy face with a large open smile wearing shorts and sandals.  One hand waving and the other one giving hang loose sign.   Very colorful added to collection March 2003 from my wives visit to the Islands.  Excellent condition Value $10.00 to $25.00 (trip extra).    G



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BLUE KITTY WITH WHITE HEARTS.   Two shades of blue with  little white dotted hearts all over body.   Measures 8 ” tall x 5 1/2″ long x 6″ deep made of ceramic.  Locally made and purchased a craft sale added to collection in November 1999.  MCM103 printed on the bottom (my old numbering system however not numbered in order received).  Coin slot in top of head coin release in bottom with rubber plug. Excellent condition value $10.00 to $20.00  G



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Large eyed fish from  KISIDORO Mexico .  Made by local artists the scenes are of a village and people making music and on the other side a scene of local fishing with nets.  Very vibrant colors painted on ceramic and fired with a nice glaze.  Measures 10″ long x 6″ tall x 5″ wide details on these works are fantastic.  Added to collection March 2004.  Coin slot on top of fish behind fin coin release in bottom with plastic plug.  Excellent condition Value $15.00 to $25.00   G

Collectable Hunting tip

I am always on the look out for coin banks and find that if I can be first into a flea market or collectables sale I stand a better chance to buy  rare or sot after items.  I try and find out about indoor shows weeks ahead and then do one of two things … One if booth/table rental is cheap enough I purchase a spot to allow me early entry so I can meet fellow vendors and purchase banks prior to the sale.   Now this works in your favour at times and at other times against you.   Some vendors give fellow vendors a better price while others want top dollar as they think your probably going to move it to your booth and sell it for a higher price ( this does happen but not when a collector is buying for their personal collection ).  If you can prove you collect an item and this purchase is not for resale then you may get a deal.  Vendors love collectors as they usually pay a premium for what they want.   You win when you find items at under what they are worth as vendor has not researched the prices or in case of flea markets just want the item gone.   With the internet this happens less and less now.  You also win when you find an item you have been looking for to add to your collection filling in voids in the collection.   When booth /table rental is costly I usually enquire about set up times and go to the site during those times as if I am a vendor.   Most of these sales are run by clubs and seldom have much security to weed out people who do not belong on site.  90% of the time I just walk in as if I am a vender and mull around the booths setting up looking for deals.  I do make a point to attend the sale when open to the public so I pay my cost of entry and catch the booths who set up late.  After all the most fun of collecting is the hunt… the item your prize.  If caught by security being on site prior to being open to public say your sorry and leave.  Happy Hunting.


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WORLD GLOBE.  Made in the U.S.A. by the OHIO ART CO.  Byron Ohio.  Measures 7 1/2″ tall x 4 1/2 across. Coin slot in in top of the world and coin release in bottom in base.  Missing metal plug replaced with rubber plug.  From the 1960’s this bank added to collection Feb. 12  2016  purchased at vendors set up for Lions Club Flea Market.  Good condition Value $10.00 to $25.00   G




1986 EXPO IN B.C. CANADA  Mascot “ERNIE” could be found around the site Greeting visitors.   This plastic bank measures 6″ tall x 2 3/4″ wide x 2 1/2″ deep.   Made in Hong Kong production started in 1983 so venues at the site and promotions before the opening  would have stock.  Added to collection Feb. 12 2016 purchased from Christine H. at vendor set up for flea market.  Coin slot in back of helmet coin release is a twist cap in bottom of bank.   Excellent condition Value $15.00 to $30.00   G

The 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or simply Expo 86, was a  World’s Fair held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada from Friday, May 2 until Monday, October 13, 1986. The fair, the theme of which was “Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch”, coincided with Vancouver’s centennial and was held on the north shore of False Creek. It was the second time that Canada held a World’s Fair, the first being Expo 67 in Montreal (during the Canadian Centennial). It was also the third World’s Fair to be held in the Pacific Northwest in the last 26 years as of 1986 and as of 2015 it still stands as the latest World’s Fair to be held in North America.



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The year was 1954 and Dad was talking to the local chemical dealer as little Mark stood holding dads hand.  The Chemical salesman looked down and asked Mark if he would like a bank …

NIAGARA ESTAPROP WEED KILLER BANK ON THE FRONT OF THE TIN CAN. Measures 4 1/2″ tall x 3″ across.  These banks were handed out in the late 1950’s when this product was sold in Western Canada … back of can shows offices in Regina Saskatchewan and Edmonton Alberta.   Coin slot is in top of can and can has no coin release so would have to be cut open to retrieve coins.  Added to collection on Feb. 12 2016 purchased at vendor set up of Lions club Flea Market.  Very Good Condition value $25.00 to $50.00 .   Rare bank.  G