Public Coin Box using
This Coin Collecting box was introduced just as the National Telephone company merged with the GPO in 1912. The GPO modified the box slightly and it finally became the Box, Coin Collecting No. 1.
This was a flimsy box and can be forced open easily, so armoured cash boxes were installed positioned under the case.
It accepts 1d coins and when they were deposited, on the instruction of the telephone operator, and the knob turned a buzzer circuit operated. This allowed the telephone operator to count the number of coins inserted.
The box is made of tin plate box and painted black.
A hole in the front engages on a brass peg and with the addition of a
padlock allowed the front to be secured. On the inside of the
front, above and beneath the hole are two metal strips. Each strip
has two holes that have been tapped with a thread. It was possible that
a lock was fixed on the inside of the front to secure it instead of the
USE OF COIN COLLECTING BOX.
Below the text is the royal crest and below that the
words: "GENERAL POST OFFICE" in black, on a gold coloured ornate panel.
This box was used with a Telephone No. 1 in CB areas or a Telephone No. 3 or 11 in LB/Magneto areas.
After merging with the National telephone Company, the
GPO fitted an enamel overlay on the existing No. 1's.
The above picture shows the cash collection box in situ and removed
Last revised: January 22, 2020