Keep ‘Em Flying Dime Register Bank Vintage 1942

See the auction, ended on Friday, May 30th, 2014.

Sometimes the most interesting things that come through our offices are not books at all. Sometimes they’re what you least suspect will be valuable, as well.

Last week an elderly lady came in with a couple boxes of books and a few boxes of assorted china. She’d done some research, so knew a little bit about what she had, and she had some expectations of value, not all of which we could satisfy. What is listed for sale online is not the same as what actually sells online. And stamp collecting? Not likely to make a huge resurgence any time soon, not that I know of or would be willing to bet.

This dime bank was the one thing she didn’t really know anything about, and brought along because she’s trying to get of stuff and this was just another thing she had. Turns out it’s probably worth more than everything else she brought in combined. Vintage World War II dime banks are, it appears, highly collectible! Even better, it had the full 50 dimes inside. You can read more about it on the auction page.

Unlike most of her china, this dime bank was very easy to search for and evaluate. It is pretty obviously from the second world war, but no one else online was saying anything more specific than “the 1940s”. With items like this, it’s always nice to nail down a verifiable date range of manufacture. With one of this woman’s other items we were able to determine the manufacture dates specifically, and also determine they were given away in boxes of Wheaties and Bisquick. I don’t think that was the case for the dime banks!

At this point Ken, who works upstairs, came in. I showed it to him because I know he’s a big Civil War geek, and I figured he might know a thing or two about the World Wars, too. The first thing he mentioned were the red dots inside the stars on the plane’s wings. They stopped using those dots in March 1942 because they looked too much like the Japanese rising sun. Well, that nails it down nicely! Thanks Ken!

Half of the dimes are pre-1965, which I found out means that 25 of these dimes are 90% silver. Currently that means they each have a “melt value” of $1.40! This is certainly something to remember!

Just another example of a good reason not to take anything for granted until you know better, and the circuitous paths of investigation! There are 3 days left in the auction, and already one bid! (and lots of watchers!) You definitely can’t assume WWII era memorabilia is worthless until you know better.


The final realized prize was $365.31 with 11 bids! Not too shabby, not too shabby. Keep your eyes peeled for these things at garage sales.

Our feedback: Minty Fresh. Husband very happy with his purchase. A+++++++++“. Always nice to have satisfied customers!

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