SHOCKING revelation about the C-3PO Money Bank!

by Bill Cable
on 2020-01-29, 08:11:42

A couple weeks ago I was tagged in a For Sale post on Facebook by Big Picker James Simkins (thank you James!) for an Australian C-3PO "Money Bank." The sale included the original box, which is bold and funky.

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So I was thinking "cool - but the Roman Ceramics banks are just ho-hum to me... do I really want to shell out a bunch of money just to get a different box for one?" After all, the Star Wars Collectors Archive described is very succinctly in a single sentence as "similar to the Roman Ceramics bank" (I'm recalling from memory here, since the site is currently down). So really... not much appeal.

But then I looked more closely at the photos. I noticed the bottom of the bank was metallic rather than just white like my Roman Ceramics example. And I though to myself "maybe they aren't really identical" and decided what the hell and I sent the seller Paul Naylor a PM.

Paul was diligent about packing the bank well so it wouldn't be damaged in its trans-pacific voyage from Australia. It arrived. I unboxed it. And *drum roll* ...was it noticeably different than the Roman Ceramics bank? Hooo-boy, was it!

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The Australian bank is only about 70% the size of the Roman Ceramics bank! That's just completely unexpected! They must have used a pantograph or something to shrink down the RC mold ahead of production in Australia. And until I actually held them side-by-side, I didn't even realize it. Otherwise, they're nearly identical. The biggest difference being the metallic bottom with completely different copyright markings.

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Just in case there's anyone out there who's curious (or super OCD), here's a clearer shot of the copyright text:

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So yeah - I made the right decision going for this thing. Hopefully this article helps get out the word that the Australian Money Bank isn't just a repacked Roman Ceramics bank, but a piece that's in an entirely different scale. Now we just gotta wonder why the Aussies did this. Are their coins tiny or something?? Inquiring minds want to know!





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