The Royal Australian Mint has been forced to change their ‘Dad’ and ‘Mum’ piggy banks.

A Royal Australian Mint spokesperson said they were surprised by the recent negative public reaction to the naming of the money boxes and said that they “do not wish to cause offence”.

Originally, the pigs came in three sizes, ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ and ‘Baby’. However, a recent social media post has the public wondering if this is a cryptic comment on pay inequality between the genders, shared Yahoo 7.

Posted to Reddit, with the title ‘Australian Mint gender pay gap piggy banks’, the image shows two piggy banks. The piggy bank labelled ‘Dad’ is slightly larger and at $7, is more expensive than the smaller $5 ‘Mum’ piggy bank.

piggy bank

While the money boxes originally came in three sizes: ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ and ‘Baby’, the Mint responded to the uproar by renaming the products as ‘large’, ‘medium’ and ‘small’ money boxes.

Users have also speculated that the Mint’s decision to make the ‘Mum’ pig cheaper than ‘Dad’ is a political comment on Australia’s gender pay gap.

A Mint spokesperson said, “The Mint has been selling these piggy banks for some time and this is the first instance of negative feedback we have received about their naming,” the spokesperson said.

“The terms ‘Dad’, ‘Mum’ and ‘Baby’ were chosen as the Royal Australian Mint has a large family following and these names resonate with children.”

“When the matter was brought to our attention, the Mint updated the names of the piggy banks to ‘small’, ‘medium’ and ‘large’ as we do not wish to cause offence,” said the spokesperson.

Australian Mint gender pay gap piggy banks.. from r/australia

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  • I think they are cute no matter what the names are.


  • How ridiculous! I saw the different sizes as reference to the sizes of mum, dad and baby. Dad is usually biggest, mum is medium and baby is small. And if they’re different sizes, you expect to pay different prices. Any excuse to be outraged these days


  • I think it’s a look at the gap that is still large between men and woman that comes with old attitudes. We need to make sure we lessen this financial gap for ourselves and future generations.


  • Overreaction much!! How silly this is and that they had to rename the piggy banks. That is stupid to think a company would put these out there for the reason of gender equality, It was only an innocent thing and i see why with the different sizes and I guess we are meant to buy all 3 but what is this world coming to really?


  • More outrage, when will it end? Will it end? The PC brigade are starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel.


  • How stupid! If you look at pictures that kids draw of the family, dads are usually the biggest person in the pic. In most families, the dad is the biggest family member, mum next and then the kids in relevant ages. Just stupid yo stop these….


  • I was recently given a green money box the shape of a pig. I put 5c and 10c coins in it to reduce the weight of my purse in my handbag.


  • really?…the P.C. brigade at it again. I think some people are not happy unless they can find fault/outrage/insult in/at anything and everything. I’m over it. Time to find a nice quite little cave somewhere :)


  • I don’t see a problem, but I would like the mummy pig a bit bigger so that I could save more money in it :)


  • Bizarre that this caused such outrage !


  • I think it’s a very cute idea but I know that people can find criticism with anything these days!


  • Really! I cannot see the problem with them!


  • Ludicrous. People need to stop being so uptight.


  • How silly. Political correctness gone mad.


  • This is so stupid. I thought it was a good idea aimed at kids. Now someone wants to jump on the bandwagon and say it’s aimed at pay inequality between genders.


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