If you don’t know what the artefact is and cannot guess, then read on
Canadian Metal Detecting
Most of the finds made by our Colonial Cousins may seem inconsequential and somewhat insignificant to the UK detectorist. Canada may not have the history that English detectorists dig up, but often what they DO find can be interesting and adds social interest and understanding to the past.
The last time I visited the forum, a post by Vlad (Lonely Wolf) drew my attention. Judging by his heading this was a relatively common find and he was looking forward to unearthing another. This is what he said and the pictures he posted.
. . . Just wanna share another cool relic. First I thought it was a spring scale, then a gun powder dose measurer – but nope. It turned out to be a coin bank or coin holder for dimes from 1940s, and can hold up to 5 dollars.Lonely Wolf: Signature – ‘History is waiting for those who are looking for it.’
Vlad – My First Coin Holder
Notice the slot on top of tube for the dimes. The holes were there so you could see how many had been collected. The amounts were beside these holes. When five dollars had been saved you turned the screw on the top and the bottom popped out to claim your dimes. Then you would push the bottom back in the tube and start saving again. Just imagine what you could buy for five dollars back in the 1940’s.
After doing a little research, Vlad shared this fact: “People in the USA used to send these coin banks full of dimes to president Roosevelt to help fight the war on polio.” Collecting those dimes was so successful that in 1938 they helped form a nationwide organisation, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes. Vlad also found this page from a catalogue of 1936 advertising ‘the new octagonal model’.
My Coin Tower
I wonder if any UK detectorists have ever found one of these. They were very popular when I was a kid. My father gave me one, but I’ve mislaid it – it looked like this”
Examples From eBay
There are several examples of B & R MFG CO of the New York metal coin dime tube bank. Here’s a couple.