Vintage coin banks . . . . post yours up !

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by ZoidMeister, Sep 20, 2020.

  1. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    This old coin bank was my Father's when he was a kid. I remember playing with it back in the 60's when I was a kid.

    This old bank has got to date back to the WWII era. I know that they made reproductions of this bank years ago, but many of the parts were plastic.




    This old bank would 'lock' after you insert 25 cents into it and would stay locked until you reached $10.00 in change. It only registered nickels, dimes, and quarters, but would allow you to insert pennies into the slot as well. Halves and paper money could be inserted in the rear.

    If you didn't remove the coins after reaching $10, it would lock again until you reached the next $10 increment. These banks really helped foster savings in youth in the post depression era.

    Take a look at the address on the back. That number is the postal code predating our modern ZIP codes.


    What old coin banks have survived the generations in your family?

    Post them up for all to see.

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  4. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    When we first opened it up, there was a cache of old silver Mercury and early Roosevelt dimes, Washington and Standing Liberty quarters, and Buffalo and Jefferson nickles.

    Only about $6.00 face value of silver. We added $1.50 of modern coinage to get it to unlock. The rest were fairly well circulated nickels.

  5. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    All tin from the 1940-50's. It's the Watch Me Grow bank. When you add coins (in his hat) his legs grow longer. A very nice toy and a bank to boot.
  6. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    That's AWESOME . . . .


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    Oh, Wow.......... :<}
  8. serafino

    serafino Well-Known Member

    Great to see products that were made here in the USA and not plastic junk from our parasitic "friends" in China ;)
  9. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    I had what I assume was a re-pop of this when I was a kid in the 70's. It had all of the same graphics as yours. I"m not sure what happened to it but I don't have it any more.

    I do have one of the old oval banks (sorry no picture) that belonged to my grand-parents. It dates to pre WWII.
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  10. fretboard

    fretboard Defender of Old Coinage!

    Here's a bank I bought years ago, it's a 1936 Cord! I've never seen one in person as it was only made for two years, very rare car. :D

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  11. Diogenes Diaz

    Diogenes Diaz Active Member

    It's got to be worth a pretty penny(whatever that suppose to mean)--nice!
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  12. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    I had one like this. This is from the late 1950s. You would put a coin in the spring loaded part and shoot it into the slot located just under the rim of the nose cone. Unfortunately the one in this photo is missing the long red tip at the very top.

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  13. Beardigger

    Beardigger Well-Known Member

    Not really old. But I like them!

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  14. Mike Davis

    Mike Davis Supporter! Supporter

    IMG_20200920_220620332.jpg I've had this one for 50-60 yrs. I think syrup came in them. It was clear glass, but I painted it to look like a bear. I've seen others over the years at flea markets and I know there were at least another that was an elephant.
  15. Goldsayshi463

    Goldsayshi463 the person who says "hi" all the time

    I wish I had something vintage when my mom moved out of the Philippines in 2001 she didn’t bring anything vintage with her. I would’ve told you everything bout that vintage foreign thing but can’t cause I don’t have one. And you guys don’t have to give anything this time cause it’s yours not mine so yeah too young to have anything vintage I guess...
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  16. Goldsayshi463

    Goldsayshi463 the person who says "hi" all the time

    ... oh plz don’t give me anything
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  17. Bambam8778

    Bambam8778 Well-Known Member

    I like these old banks. The OP's is very cool! One christmas a member brought in a box of old coin banks and was giving them a way to people. Very neat to see the old advertising and what they put it on.
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  18. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    I was doing some research on this old bank. Here is a link to a "documentary" on it, and a view of how it looked when I was a kid (and it wasn't as worn).

    It has the full back story, patent information, and chronology. It's a pretty comprehensive write up.


  19. ZoidMeister

    ZoidMeister Hamlet Squire of Tomfoolery . . . . . Supporter

    Seems like there's a ton of these for cheap on eBay. You can tell the vintage ones from the later production by looking at the pull handle. The modern models all had a plastic "T" handle. These older ones had the metal ring pull.

    The operation of both are identical. Just depends if you want the older one or newer. Looks like the newer ones were made in Japan. The US made all have a ring pull.

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  20. kazuma78

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    Here is one I picked up in an antique shop on a whim several years back. Its in perfect condition and I loved that it was early on in the superhero age (1940s). I've enjoyed having it but will part with it soon just because it's not within my collecting interests. Once you put 1 dime in it, you can't get it open again until you've put in $5 worth.
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  21. Goldsayshi463

    Goldsayshi463 the person who says "hi" all the time

    I wonder if there still useable
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