These small tin toys were first made during the 1860s, especially in and around Nuremburg, Germany.

They were often copies of larger tin toys. By the 1890s and into the early 1900s, companies in the UK, France, Spain, and the United States were producing penny toys by the millions.

Only some "penny toys" actually cost a penny, or in Germany, a 'pfennig', when they were first sold, but they were just about the least expensive toys around.

See also Tin toys.

Penny Toy value and price guide

What's your 'Penny Toy' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK).

Picture Title Date Sold for
Superb Race Car Rare Mechanical 1900 S 09/2019 £340.00
Private Listing 1920 S Distler Jdn Tin 07/2019 £234.79
Western Germany Tin Race Car Huki 1950 09/2019 £54.00
Germany Us Zone Tin Wind Up Airplane 09/2019 £48.52
C1920 Jockey Horse Racing Carrousel Tin 08/2019 £49.89

See all sold items for more prices.


Do you want to know more about collectible tin toys, and want to learn about value and identification? Take a look at these books on old toys on Amazon.

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