For centuries, mechanical and still banks have been a toy produced to help educate children on saving money. A still bank is is a money box designed to store coins. A mechanical bank is a toy bank in which a coin is deposited by a mechanical process that is usually activated by pushing a lever.
Dan Morphy wrote and published The Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks which provides an in-depth guide to collecting mechanical banks and is known as the #1 mechanical bank reference book. Dan’s book also provides information and references for identifying fakes and reproductions, how to detect repairs and restoration, grading and how to build a mechanical bank collection. This book can be purchased through Morphy Auctions for $100 .
“I’ve gained and lost interest in many things, but I’ve always gone back to mechanical banks. Mechanical banks have always been a fantastic investment even during the best or worst of times. I’ve met great people who share my enthusiasm for mechanical banks.” – Dan Morphy
Dan Morphy, owner and chief executive officer of Dan Morphy Auctions and founder of the Adamstown Antique Gallery in Denver, Pa., also acts as the mechanical and still bank specialist for the company.Dan grew up in a family of avid collectors, with his retired physician father, John Morphy Sr., and his mother, Janet, constantly encouraging the appreciation of antiques in the home and fostering a love of collecting among their children. “I grew up around antiques and attended many shows and auctions with my dad at a very early age,” Dan said. At the age of 10, Morphy started buying still banks through the mail. Within a few years, he was both buying and selling mechanical banks through various sources and meeting collectors who are now among the most revered in the hobby. And while he has bought, sold and collected 30 to 40 different types of antiques over the years, Morphy says it is mechanical banks that have consistently held his fascination.Dan is deeply invested in the day-to-day operations of Dan Morphy Auctions and the antiques industry, and also supports and belongs to many collector clubs. His exceptional knowledge and experience with mechanical banks was shared with the hobby worldwide through the writing and publication of Dan Morphy’s Price Guide to Mechanical Banks, which is considered the premier reference in its category.