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Publication numberUS1196574 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateAug 29, 1916
Filing dateAug 5, 1914
Priority dateAug 5, 1914
Publication numberUS 1196574 A, US 1196574A, US-A-1196574, US1196574 A, US1196574A
InventorsWilliam Millard
Original AssigneeMillard S Gum Vending Corp
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-controlled mechanism.
US 1196574 A
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Specification of Lettrs Patent.

Patented Aug. 29, 1911.6.

Application filed August 5, 1914s Serial No. 855,099.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that l, VVILLLXM MILLARD, a

subject of the King of Great Britain, residing in the borough of Manhattan, city,-

county, and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improve ments in (Toiii-Controlled Mechanisms, of which the following is a specification, reference being had to the accompanying drawings.

This invention relates to improvements in g com-controlled mechanism; and an ob1ect of this invention is to provlde a mechanlsm of the character referred to which will be simple in construction, comparatively cheap in manufacture and etlicient and durable in operation and use.

Another object of this invention is to provide a coin-controlled mechanism in which the operating parts will not become jammed.

A third object of this invention is to provide a coin-controlled mechanism which can not be fraudulently used.

In the drawings illustrating the principle of this invention and the best mode now known to me of applying the same, Figure 1 is an elevation of my new coin-controlled mechanism, parts being broken away to 1 show the interior construct-ion; Fig. 2 is a plan, partly in section on the line A-A of Fig. 3; Fig. 3 is a central vertical section; Fig. 4 is a section on the line of Fig 3; Fig. 5 is a detail showing the position of the coin just after the same has been dropped through the coin-chute; Fig. 6 is a detail showing the coin partly turned; and Fig. 7 is a, detail showing the coin-chute rotated backward toitsinitial position, leaving the coin in the position shown in Fig. (h that is, to which it had been thrown.

The base a is made preferably of sheet metal and is formed with a bead Z) in which is arranged a. flange 0 which projects from the coin receptacle (Z held locked in the base (1, by the lock The upper portion of the base a is formed with a ridge or flange seated within which is a cylindrical glass wall f/ the top" of which is closed by a cap .h. In the top of the latter there is an opening 2' and around this opening there is provided a flange j which extends vertically upward from the cap h and which is mutilated or partly broken away to form stops 7", 7' (Fig. 2) which will be hereinafter alluded to. In the top of the base a there is formed a vertically-extending flange 70 within which seated the hub m of a rotatable disk m formed with a series of apertures m" of there hrough. v

EX ending through the central portion of the machine is a tubular or hollow shaft 0 the lower end of which is seated in a recess 0 in tlie disk m and the upper end of which is provided with a cup-shaped top or handhol [1 formed in its center with an opening 1' coin-slotg for the insertion of a coin X. This cup-shaped handhold rests upon the cap or cover it; and within the latter there is arranged a coil-spring 1- one end of which is fastened to the cover h and the other end of which is fastened tothe hollow shaft 0. This spring insures the return of the\ hollow shaft 0 to its initial 75. position after \the shaft has been turned therefrom. Within the tubular shaft 0' there is arranged a coin-passage or coinchute s to one of the walls 8' of which there is attached an Lshapcd leaf-spring 6. As is clearly shown in Fig. 1, the lower ends of the walls of the chute are cut away or mutilated; and through the open space thus afforded there projects the lower end t of the leaf-spring t. This lower end it is in-B5 clined so as to permit the ready downward passage of the coin; but should the machine be inverted or turned upside down for the purpose of obtaining the coin, this end t of the leaf-spring It will prevent the coin to from passing to the opening q.

The operation of my new coin-controlled mechanism may be described as follows: A coin X of suitable dimension (such as a onecent piece) is inserted in the opening 51 W5 and let fall through the coin-chute s. The weight of the coin X will cause the same to force the lower end t of the spring 25 outward and the coin X will then fall into the opening or slot a formed in the central part of the disk on (Fig. The coin X supported in this positionby the top a. of the base a and projects sufficiently above sutliigient sizetoallow a gum-ball .n to pass 60 the opening to to be engaged by the lower cut-away or mutilated portions of the walls of the coin-chute s. The customer seizes the eup shapcd handhold 79 and turns the same against the tension of the spring r (Fig. 6) and thereby turns the disk m, which carries in each of its openings m we dampenin a" there is provided a guard-plate w which prevents more than one gumrball "being brought into register with the opena." at any one time. In case the cusitome'r releases his hold upon the handhold 1),

It thesp'ring 1' will throw the hollow shaft 0 r to its initial position; but due to the fact {that the lower end of the coin-chute s is cut away or mutilated, the coin will be left *in the position to which it had been turned fo and'will not follow the hollow shaft in its freturn movement (Fig. 7). This is an in1- ":"port"ant fe'atilre of this invention; By this .cg'instruction' the ratchet-a-nd-pawl mecha- 'msm commonly used in connection with the "251. feedalisk is wholly dispensed with and the is" avoided.

jifl'Ihe cover 7b is fastened in place by a pair o'f "vertically-extending bolts :1: the lower fdaingenof the machines becoming jammed ""30 fthreaded ends m of which are engaged by :w'iiig nuts'y and the opposite ends mflof which are elongated, as shown in Fig. 2', to

prevent their being turned surreptitiously. To give stiffness to the structure, the

"5ilower portions of the coin-chute a are turned "jat'right angles into a horizontal position,

as shown at 8, Figs. :l to 7, both inclusive. The hollow shaft 0 is provided with an outwaidly-extending lug a which strikes against the ends 1', 3'" (Fig. 2) of the flange y', whereby the rotatory motion of the shaft is limited.

It is obvious that by doubling the munber of holes m" in the feed-disk m, two gum-balls'ni may be fed at each operation; that is,the customer will be allowed to obtain two balls for each coin X deposited in the coin-chute s.

I claim:

A coin-controlled mechanism having a rotatable feed-disk formed with a coin-slot; and a rotatable coin-chute which is arranged to guide the coin to said coin-slot and the lower end of which is provided with walls that engage and advance the coin and the feed-disk in engagement therewith. through the walls of said coin-slot, when the comchute'is turned; said coin-engaging walls being mutilated and jthereby arranged to leave the coin and feed-disk unaffected by the retrograde movement of the coinwknte after the coin and the feed-disk have been advanced by turning the coin-chute. 1

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand in the borough of Manhattan, city, county and State-of New Yorlg this third day of August A. D1914, in the presence of the two undersigned witnesses.



JAMas HAMILTO M. E. Woannnnn.

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US2649948 *Sep 7, 1949Aug 25, 1953Products Mfg Co IncVending machine
US2979230 *Sep 12, 1957Apr 11, 1961Whitman Publishing CompanyTablet dispenser
US5370211 *Jun 3, 1993Dec 6, 1994Gerald DuhamelCoin-whirling device for arcade game machine
U.S. Classification194/297, 194/344, 221/265, 222/360, 221/287
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/24