Money box; New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank (New Zealander, estab. 1876); 20...


Money box

About this object

Money box; appearing as a book. The box is rectangular in shape with a central metal section and opens with an escutcheon on the right narrow face (key not present). On the bottom narrow face is a circular hole for paper money and a coin slot which is lined with plastic teeth on each side which prevent coins from spilling out if tipped upside down. Engraved on this face is PAT. NO. 149928. The 'title' reads POST / OFFICE / SAVINGS / BANK in gold lettering. The spine has a crown symbol and the linitials POSB.

The Post Office Savings Bank was an important service offered by the local post office from the 1860s. In many small towns and isolated rural communities it was one of the only financial services available. Due to legislation which restricted the rights of other savings banks, by the mid-1950s the Post Office Savings Bank controlled around 80% of the personal savings market.

For more information about Ophir Post Office, which is cared for by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.


New Zealand Post Office Savings Bank (New Zealander, estab. 1876)

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Date Made

20th Century

Medium and Materials



11.8 x 7.6 x 2.4cm

Credit Line

Collection of Ophir Post Office, New Zealand Historic Places Trust Pouhere Taonga

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