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What's the history of Nubia and its Royal Rulers? +

“... A Nubian queen is a female ruler of the kingdom of Nubia, located along the Nile in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Although Nubia is located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan, it was once a part of northeastern Africa. Its history and culture dates back to around 3800 B.C. at which time the region was referred to as the Kush kingdom. Around 1100 B.C., Egypt invaded and ruled the Nubian region. When the Nubian people regained control of their kingdom, they were ruled by Nubian royalty. Nubian queens include Queen Abar and Queen Qalhata, the wife and daughter, respectively, of King Piye. Candace of Meroe is one of the most notable queens of Nubia." ....

A few fun facts about this bank’s manufacturer. +

Made by J&E Stevens Co., in Cromwell, Connecticut. The company was founded in 1843, and became the world’s largest producer of mechanical banks. It continued mechanical bank production until 1932. The company was dissolved in the early 1950s

Bulldog Mechanical Bank Trivia +

1. Original design patented in 1880 by James Bowin. 2. Original cost to the merchant: $1. 3. These bank were intended to teach children to save money. 4. Modern collectors search for 100% original banks with as much paint intact as possible and not paint touch-ups, as well as with original parts with no breaks or repairs. 5. Pristine examples bring much higher prices at auction. 6. Unfortunately, many reproductions have been made. -- Source: "The Encyclopedia of Mechanical Bank Collecting," Bill Norman. 1984.

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