We are not exactly sure what we have here but this is a wood crate that could be a relic of 1913, the year that the buffalo nickel was first minted at the denver mint in colorado. This wooden crate has property of u. Government mint on the lid with the great seal of the united states american eagle design in black and red pictured. One side of the crate (either the front of back depending on how you are looking at it) has the buffalo side of the coin pictured with "united-states of america" and "epurris union" at the top and "five cents" under the buffalo. On the other side is the indian head with "liberty" to the right and 1913 at the bottom.Both ends have 1913 property of u. Government denver mint colorado on them. All writing on the box is in black. And the corners are dovetailed but also has 3 regularly spaced nails on each side of the front and back. The back of the top of the crate has a checker board on it. Size: 16 1/2 inches long. Some sources also say that these crates were originally made to transport buffalo nickels in 1913 and are said to be rare now because they were chopped up to use as firewood and only a few remain. This crate should be of interest for coin collectors or numismatists who might have more information about them. This would make a nice addition to a coin collection.
It would be a wonderful gift for anyone interested in coin collecting too. Like we say we make no claims of the exact origin or original use of this crate and can only describe it based on information we have gathered on the internet.