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PRICE LIST OF OLD MECHANICAL PENNY BANKS
 
 

     Herewith is submitted a price list of Old Mechanical Penny Banks, which I trust will give you some idea of what the banks are selling for at the present time.
     These prices are only approximate as no one can say what any bank is worth. It depends on how badly a collector needs or wants a bank and what he will pay for it. The demand fixes the price. Some of the oldest banks sell for much less than those made in later years. Some of the more attractive ones bring a less price than the unattractive ones, and some that are only slightly mechanical are more valuable in dollars than those that have a complicated mechanism.
     In compiling this list I have used seven or eight different sources: the original owner; the collector; the junk man; the antique dealer; the penny bank dealer; the collector; the general hobbyist; and the various lists sent out by different dealers.
     In a few years this list may look silly, just as the prices listed on the green sheets look silly (and fascinating) now.
     Summing it all up, don't tell anyone "Meyer said this bank is worth so much." He just doesn't know the value of banks anymore than you.
     Let your conscience and your pocketbook be your guide.

 

          John D. Meyer
               Tyrone, Pa.

 

September 1, 1951


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