Japanese tin mechanical bank features a rocket launcher mounted on the top surface of the body which fires a missile (penny or coin) into outer space, as represented by a globe like sphere. The graphics to the base and sphere are quite bright, colorful, and imaginative, especially considering the date of the toy (1950’s); with rockets, flying saucers, launchers, and a radar tower. The globe is grey with planet like rings and images depicting outer space.
The bank operates by pulling back on the spring like launcher until it locks into place; place a penny in the basket; press down on the lever at the base of the launcher. (I have provided a video to observe the operation and action—-see below). Coins are removed via the key lock trap with the original key. “Made in Japan” is stamped on the base, albeit of an unknown manufacturer (see image). The toy bank is in completely original and excellent condition, with no paint touch up, and no repairs.
This toy is from my own collection and I have had it for over 35 years and have not seen another example.
Dimensions: 7 1/4″ long x 3 7/8″ wide x 5″ high
I am a leading specialist in the field of antique mechanical coin banks, having been buying, selling, and examining these fine objects for 40 plus years. This experience makes me well qualified to analyze, evaluate, and guarantee the authenticity of original examples.