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mispell misspell, our familiar “piggy banks” actually should be called “pyggy banks”. It all started way back in Medieval England when a type of orange clay called “pygg” became popular. These clay jars were often used to collect coins. Forgetting the origin of the term “pygg”, English potters in the 19th century received orders for pygg banks and made them into the shape of a “piggy”. Then the piggy-shaped containers became popular and stuck as a cultural object.
Like other culturally-inspired designs from Imm Living, the Pygg Piggy Bank tells a story behind its simplistic jar appearance and serves as a constant reminder that “it’s a PYGG jar I asked for, Medieval English potters!” You learn something new everyday…
Great feature about this porcelain bank is the lack of an opening to retrieve your stored coins, which means it’s break-to-open. Who came up with the idea of putting a hole at the bottom anyways… that’s why saving up cash never worked out for me when I was a kid.