The building where Scrooge
stores his personal money. It contains
cubic acres of cash, and Scrooge's favorite pastime is to
[the money] like a porpoise, and burrow through it like a gopher, and toss
it up and let it hit me on the head.
The Money Bin first appeared in
The Pixilated Parrott,
and its correct name was first used in
Before then it was called the
One story (WDC 126),
however, showed Scrooge storing his
money in a corn crib!
Christmas of Bear Mountain(Scrooge's first appearance), and some other pre-Money Bin stories which are vague on this point, refer to the
huge mansion of Scrooge McDuck, but this idea was abandoned as Scrooge's character developed in a different direction. In Egmont stories, Scrooge lives in a fancy mansion and goes to the Money Bin only as a place of recreation, an idea also used in the DuckTales TV show. According to Don Rosa's
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuckpart 12, Scrooge did have a mansion at the time of
Bear Mountain, but sold it immediately after that story and returned to the Money Bin.
The Second-Richest Duck, when Scrooge sees that Flintheart Glomgold's Money Bin looks the same, except that its side has a pound sign.) In DuckTales, the Bin's sides are concave and it has a red dome on the top.
The sources on the age and location of the Money Bin are constantly
contradictory. In WDC 135
it is referred to as
Uncle Scrooge's new Money
Bin and is on top of Killmotor Hill, which is protected by a mine field and
other safeguards. In
Scrooge mentions that the Bin has been
on this hill for
(i.e., since 1886!),
ever since Duckburg was only
a fort on the Tulebug River.
The Money Well,
it is revealed that the Bin is on the very site of Old
Fort Duckburg, a pioneer stronghold during the Indian wars. Other stories,
however, show it on flat land, and often in the middle of a big city street!
An obscure story written but not drawn by Barks offers a solution to this
mystery. In this story,
Scrooge moves his
Money Bin off the alleged site of Duckburg founder
homestead, having already
moved it only last year off the site of Old Fort
In Don Rosa's stories, Sir Francis Drake built Fort Drakeborough (later
Fort Duckburg) on Killmule Hill (later Killmotor Hill) in the 16th century.
In 1899, Scrooge bought the deed to Killmule from a Yukon prospector, Casey
Coot (Cornelius' grandson), and built the Money Bin there in 1902 after the
decrepit fort was razed. Stories on this subject are
Last Sled to Dawson,
His Majesty McDuck,
Life of Scrooge, part 10.
[By Jonathan Markoff.]
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