Banthrico 1904 Studebaker Coin Bank Diecast Vehicle Savings Bank (c 1974)

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Manufactured by: Banthrico, Chicago 1974

Material: Diecast metal

Dimensions: 4 ½” x 2 ¾” x 3 ¼”

Most vintage Banthrico banks were made of “white metal” consisting of 95% zinc, 5% aluminum and traces of copper, brass, and lead. Molds were poured individually and imperfections removed. The banks were finished and sealed in a clear lacquer. The most popular finishes were pewter and antique brass. Banks often featured a keyed trap door and coin slot on the underside. They were often given to customers as a promotional item when they opened a savings account.