Piggy bank

Piggy bank . It is but a closed vessel, with a narrow indentation through which coins are tossed until the container is full.


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  • 1 According to the dictionary
  • 2 The Pig Figure
  • 3 In Children
  • 4 Shape and materials
  • 5 Historical footprints
  • 6 In transportation
  • 7 Image Gallery
  • 8 Sources

According to the dictionary

Piggy bank dates back to a word of Arabic origin that has taken on meaning over the years. As Coromines explains in the Brief Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish language, the noun piggy probably comes from the vulgar Arabic Kanzîya. This is only a probability since it is an undocumented source. Kanzîya is a feminine adjective derived from kanz, which means “hidden treasure”. As is typical in Castilian Arabisms, a piggy bank has the Arabic article incorporated (the syllable to which it begins) and therefore comes to mean something like “the hidden treasure “.

The Pig Figure

A little pig is one of the traditional figures of a container intended for the storage of coins , due to its graceful shape it is commonly used by children and young people. Shaped piggy pigs are usually sold in toy stores for children, although according to some criteria this object is far from being a toy , because usually the child does not interact with on a daily basis as other toys.

The pig is not only by tradition the most widespread form of a piggy bank, but in many cases it represents a symbol of money or savings used in banking agencies or companies related to the subject. Comments in this regard suggest that the shape of the pig is taken for the same reason that a pig is raised for commercial purposes, the animal is cared for, fed, vaccinated among many other things, all of which carries a monetary investment that the owner alone will recover after the time when the animal is in physical condition for sale. For their part, others say that raising animals such as pigs or pigs (so called in our country) is like having a piggy bank, since the owner deposits money which continually grows in the shape of the animal, then collects what has been invested and a few percent more.

In the kids

Children’s piggy bank

Piggy banks in children are often used to instill savings ideas . Today the planning of the family economy is one of the problems that most occurs in new couples who decide to join and share a home, in most cases finances are not enough to satisfy all the aspirations of people, so that the concept of saving is necessary. This can be taught from an early age to children through objects such as piggy banks, where coins of little value can be easily inserted, but once they are full the container must be broken, therefore the infant you must wait patiently for the pot to be completely full and then you must make the decision to break it to get the prize pool.

Shape and materials

Any container with a top slot can act as a piggy bank. Thus, the most varied designs are marketed as:

  • Little houses
  • Animals
  • Boats
  • Religious figures
  • Barrels
  • Sport balls

Tin piggy bank

Manufactured from many different types of materials such as:

  • Plastic
  • Mud
  • Porcelain
  • Cast
  • Metal

It is also often improvised by some people a piggy bank making a crack in a sealed can, this form was, according to the cornflowers, widely used before the triumph of the Revolution by the poorest to store pennies. Hence, our grandparents have piggy banks full of coins from another era.

Historical footprints

According to comments in English about the possible origin of the pig-shaped piggy bank, it is said that by the 15th century , when making kitchen utensils , a type of orange clay was used , which was known as PYGG. At that time it was also customary for households to use these utensils to save money as savings. When kitchen utensils were used for this purpose, they began to be called “pygg jar”. For the 18th centuryThis container began to be used, which was given a new name that has survived to this day “Piggy Bank”. The name Piggy Bank remembers and plays with the name of the clay and that of the pig, PYGG and PIG, without forgetting that the pig has always been an animal associated with “wealth” and abundance.

In the transport

The piggy bank can be found almost anywhere just just pay attention, for example a piggy bank that is seen a lot in our country is the Guagua or Bus where we deposit the currency to pay for the service. Some transit inspectors also have a piggy bank where they charge passengers the service of guaranteeing transportation.


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