Cast iron coin bank in the form of a bust of a caricatured boy. The boy is wearing a red shirt, with white collar and black bow tie. Mouth of boy is painted red with white teeth. The boy’s eyes are painted white with black dots at the center. Bank is made of two halves put together, with a vertical seam running down the sides of the bank. Raised lettering on the back of the bank reads, [THE / YOUNG NIGGER / BANK]. The bank of the boy's head has a small horizontal slot for inserting coins. There are five holes on bottom of bank. There is one dime is in the bank.
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.