Country of Origin: United States of America
Overall: 0.32 x 1.91 x 2.54cm (1/8in. x 3/4in. x 1in.)
This original key for a Strato model metal bank, manufactured by Duro Pattern & Mold Co. of Highland Park (Detroit), Michigan, opened the hatch on the underside of the bank so that the coins could be retrieved. The space-themed design of the bank included a mechanism that allowed the owner to shoot coins (pennies, nickels, or dimes) from the rocket into a slot in the Moon on the bank.
Created to be distributed as a premium by local commercial banks, the Strato included a place for an adhesive sticker advertising the gifting institution. Raymond Reines donated this bank to the Museum in 2011.
Gift of Raymond R. Reines. Dedicated to the Berzac Family, in honor of Team NASA.