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rarewares, Antiques and Collectibles Researcher
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My friend has a 1939 World's Fair Esso glass bank, about 5

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My friend has a 1939 World's Fair Esso glass bank, about 5 inches square. It is packed with coins, the latest of which date to 1941. He would like to remove the coins, but neither of us can see a way to open up the bank. Is there any way to open the bank and retrieve the coins without damaging the bank?
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

The only way to get the coins out is to break the bank. This was made of square glass block for the World's Fair and these have a value of $12.00 to $35.00 depending on condition. Based on that, you can decide whether it is worth it to get at the coins. There are quite a few out there and they are not considered rare.

Any silver coins (dimes, nickels or quarters) that are dated before 1964 are made of 90% silver which would end up being worth more than the bank if the bank is full. Just a thought.

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Expert:  rarewares replied 10 months ago.

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