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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: 5 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  rarewares replied 5 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.

https://www.google.com/search?q=1939+world%27s+fair+esso+bank&espv=2&biw=1371&bih=781&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjKjNWKx7fNAhVD8CYKHRYTCikQ_AUICigD

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 5 months ago.

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