The Royal Mint has unveiled n 18-carat gold hand-crafted piggy bank costing £100,000 ($120,000).
Described as the “world’s most expensive” porcine pocket money holder, it was designed by Bristol silversmiths Phillip Kydd and son James.
The model is the first piggy bank in the Royal Mint’s 1,100-year history and forms part of the company’s new range of gifts and jewellery.
Helen Cooper, from the company, said it was “expecting to sell some” of oink-stravagant pieces despite the price tag. She also said: “We’re renowned for our gold and silver coins, so it was a natural step to create an equally exquisite piggy bank. This 18-carat gold Minty will be made to order, and hand-crafted to ensure it is the most luxurious piggy bank in existence.”
Each piggy bank is crafted using traditional tools and skills, with each sterling silver model taking up to 40 hours to complete.
But for those who may need to save up a bit first, there is also a sterling silver edition – which will cost £6,000 – and a ceramic model at £85.