Made of heavy cast aluminum and hand painted, this sturdy, finely detailed still bank depicts a whimsical “Santa Riding a Polar Bear”. It is brightly painted in red and white, with multiple colors to the toys in the pack on his back. Santa holds on to a cast rein as he sits side saddle on the polar bear. Coins are deposited in the slot provided behind Santa’s left shoulder (see image). Coins are removed by undoing the bank and turning the slotted screw. This screw has never been turned and the bank has never been taken apart to remove coins. This American made toy savings bank was made in 1988 (see image) by the Reynolds Toy Company of Falls Church, Virginia. They specialized in the manufacture of well made cast iron penny banks. You will not see them all over the place as only 75 examples were produced. This is stamped #14 (see image). The bank is in mint condition.
Dimensions: 5 1/4″ long x 2″ wide x 5″ high
This is from my own personal collection.
I am a leading specialist in the field of antique coin banks, having been buying, selling, and examining these fine objects for 40 years. This experience makes me well qualified to analyze, evaluate, and guarantee the authenticity of original examples.
Note: Please see my other Reynolds mint still bank “Santa in Race Car”.