|Benjamin Franklin half-dollars ($0.50)|
I've spent hours reaching through the bottom of an overturned piggy bank, grabbing the large coin inside, and attempting to drop it directly through the slit from which it came. The process is frustrating and painstakingly slow. Having been asked to assist with the stuck coins predicament recently, however, I've coined a new solution.
All you'll need to MacGyver this fix is a pair of tweezers and a rubber band. Wrap the rubber band around the tweezers many times, until the rubber is squeezing the metal tool closed. From the bottom of the piggy bank, grab one of your coins (in this case, we had six of the buggers in there...that made the old drop method especially tricky!) with your fingers.
|Wrap the rubber band tightly so that the end of the tweezers touch|
Now, and you may need an extra set of hands for this one, pry open your tweezers and clamp them around the coin, allowing the rubber band to do the work of keeping the tightly closed around your prize.
|Clamp down on your coin from the underbelly of the beast|
This is the easy part: Push your coin out the other end of the piggy bank, though the coin slot! Thanks to the length of the tweezers, you can actually traverse the entire piggy bank while maintaining control of the coin - no need to drop! Once the coin is peeking out the other end, snatch it away - your pull is stronger than the rubber band's grip. Collect, reset, and repeat as needed.
|Presto! The coin is pushed out the top!|