The 1950s saw a resurgence in dime banks. Possibly because of a new patent issued in 1949 to Fred Schnabolk. From 1949 forward, all dime banks exclusive of the Julius Chein Company, used this patent. Schnabolk assigned the patent to the Kalon Radio Corporation of Brooklyn, New York. It could be that Kalon produced all of this style of bank, but we haven't researched that. What we can say is that there were several banks immortalizing major U.S. architectural structures: the United Nations, Empire State Building, The Treasury, and the Capitol.
Size: 2 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches x 5/8 inch
Condition: While this is probably the most common of the structural banks, it not easy to find one in good condition. This example is very good. It is very bright and shiny. There is one small ding to the left of the rotunda. It can only be seen when the light is right. The back is bright blue with wear from sitting. Considering the condition, we don't believe this bank was used. No worn edges.
This bank has been tested and it works well. Once Five Dollars has been reached, pressing the back panel will push in the panel. There is a pin that goes through the hole in the front of the Capitol, allowing the panel to open widely. This only happens once during the saving period.
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