Cast metal coin banks have helped millions of people save money. They were often premiums given away by companies and banking institutions when a new account was opened. Over 1,000 color photos show the diversity of Banthrico coin banks, made in Chicago from 1931 until 1985. They resemble famous people, animals, trophies, vehicles, architecture, and more. For todays collector, there is information about the company, materials, 900 styles, advertising, sizes, and rarity. An index will help you find your favorites. Bankers, antique dealers, and toy and bank enthusiasts finally have a reliable reference to this fast-growing area of bank collecting.
Jim Redwine, a resident of Missouri, has collected toys for fifty years. He served as director of the Still Bank Collectors Club of America (SBCCA) from 1988 to 1990. He co-founded and served as the first President of both the National Capitol Penny Bank Club in Washington, D.C., and the Gateway Penny Bank Club in St. Louis, Mo.