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The coin bank holds your change between two sheets of clear acrylic. Coins stack and create interesting patterns without overlapping.
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Most coins are hidden in jars or drawers, not showing the beautiful patterns that coins can create. The Vertical Coin Bank stores loose change and creates a dynamic sculpture. It's the ideal coin bank for the modern home.

My name is Nathan Tobiason and I created the Vertical Coin Bank. The bank consists of two sheets of clear acrylic spaced precisely apart to allow the thickest coins, nickels, to fit while preventing the thinnest coins, dimes, from overlapping. 

Plinko! Plinko! This is the satisfying sound you hear as inserted coins bounce randomly off the spacers, stacking in the bottom of the bank. To free the coins, simply remove the magnetic latch.

The frame is stained and hand finished wood. All the hardware is aluminum or stainless steel.

I’ve created three sizes, 12” by 12”, 12” by 24” and 12” by 47”. Each of these sizes come in a freestanding and a wall hanging version.

Wall Hanging Vertical Coin Banks 12"x12", 12"x24" and 12"x47"
Wall Hanging Vertical Coin Banks 12"x12", 12"x24" and 12"x47"
Freestanding Vertical Coin Banks 12"x12", 12"x24" and 12"x47"
Freestanding Vertical Coin Banks 12"x12", 12"x24" and 12"x47"

Want a custom designed Vertical Coin Bank?

I can create a bank any size up to 3' x 4'! The custom Vertical Coin Bank is great for your fundraising project. I can laser etch into the clear acrylic your logo and fundraising goal amount or your logo and an image. I can etch your company's name or a custom message into the bank. We can work together to come up with a design that works best for you.

Laser etched logo and coin slot
Laser etched logo and coin slot

While in college in 2009, I made my first prototype with the goal of making the highest quality product. The tolerances required to allow the coins to slide without overlapping are less than 1/100th of an inch. Making more than a single prototype was not possible with the tools I had available and outsourcing the fabrication of the many necessary custom parts would have been extremely expensive. Luckily a co-op machine shop, Makerplace, was recently founded in San Diego. The shop has the CNC (computer numerical controlled) tools enabling me to fabricate the Vertical Coin Bank myself without outsourcing. Outsourcing increases the cost of the project and the backers needed; quality assurance also becomes more challenging.

Now, I have used the CNC router and CNC laser cutter to create my prototypes. Even with these tools, the project still requires me to make specialized jigs and fixtures in order to precisely replicate my designs. Your support would finance my materials as well as my shop time using these specialized tools.

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Do you want your Vertical Coin Bank early?!!

The first 30 backers of the project will receive their Vertical Coin Bank by December 20th, 2013. This is not the first 30 backers of each reward level, this is the cumulative first 30 backers of all levels (not including the custom design backing level)

Pattern of coins created in the Vertical Coin Bank
Pattern of coins created in the Vertical Coin Bank

Risks and challenges

The Vertical Coin Bank is an original concept that requires precision manufacturing. Even the smallest version requires 30 custom made parts. The milling, CNC laser cutting, CNC routing, sanding, staining, finishing, assembly, and packaging take time.

I have made six final prototypes, and I have a good grasp on the manufacturing process for the Vertical Coin Bank. I am confidant in my ability to create a high quality product. However, I do not know how many orders I will receive. Here are my plans for different quantities of orders:

--- Kickstarter goal met, less than 30 Vertical Coin Banks ordered:
I can create the final jigs and fixtures needed, and purchase the materials needed. I can fabricate the banks and ship them to the backers by mid December.

--- 30-100 Vertical Coin Banks ordered:
I can create the final jigs and fixtures needed, and purchase the materials needed. I can fabricate the banks and ship them to at least the first 30 backers by mid December. The remaining backers will receive them as quickly as possibly. Most likely in January.

--- More than 100 Vertical Coin Banks ordered:
This would exceed my ability to make and distribute all the parts by myself for January delivery. I still can create the jigs and fixtures needed and fabricate and ship the banks to at the first 30 backers by mid December. But I would likely need to outsource some of the processes for the remaining orders. This would be a great problem to have! The high quality would remain, but not all of the banks parts would be made by me.

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    Custom designed and sized Vertical Coin Bank. Up to 4' x 3'! Can include a laser etched logo, image or message on the back of the clear acrylic. Great for fundraising, your company or just a special message.
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