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Publication numberUS1271339 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 2, 1918
Filing dateNov 25, 1916
Priority dateNov 25, 1916
Publication numberUS 1271339 A, US 1271339A, US-A-1271339, US1271339 A, US1271339A
InventorsElwood T Mcginnis
Original AssigneeElwood T Mcginnis
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1271339 A
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Patented July 2, 1918.




To all whom may concern:

Be it known that I, ELwoon MoG NNIs, a citizen of the United States, residing at Atlantic City, in the county of Atlantic and provide a coin holder of this character having coin receiving tubes of difi'erent diameters above which is supported an inclined coin chute so constructed that when coins of different denominations are deposited therein by the operator of'the vehicle or passengers, thecoins will be directed into tubes corresponding in diameter to the diameter of the coins.

Another object of the invention'is to provide the chute with an inclined bottom having depressions therein forming shoulders which insure coins of like denomination being deposited in the coin receiving tubes corresponding in diameter thereto.

A further object of the invention is to provide each tube with mechanism which when operated by the operator of the vehicle will eject coins from the tubes into the hand of the operator thus allowing him to make change with rapidity and accuracy.

With these and other objects in view, the invention resides in the novel combination and arrangement of parts which will be hereinafter described and particularly pointed out in the claim.

lhe preferred embodiment of the invention has been illustrated in the accompanying drawing, although no restriction is necessarily made to the precise details of construction therein shown as changes, alterations, modifications, within the scopeof the claim may be resorted to when desired.

Like characters of reference denote corresponding parts throughout the several views in the drawing, in which:

Figure '1 is a face view of a com holder constructed in accordance with the invention and showing the same applied to the steering post of an automobile.

Fig. 2 is a horizontal sectional View on the line 2-2 of Fig. 1.

Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented July 2, 1918.

Application filed Hoveniher as, 1916.. Serial n 138,460.

Fig. 3 is avertical transverse'sectional view on the line 33 of Fig. 1.

Fig. 4 is a bottom plan view of a portion of the coin holder showing the ejecting mechanism connected therewith.

Fig. 5 is a perspective view of one of the coin ejecting slides.

Fig. 6 is a detail sectional view through a portion of the coin chute and tubes connected therewith.

Referring now to the drawing in detail,

the numeral 1 designates the steering post of an automobile and 2 the base of the improved coin holder, said base having an upper face 3, a bottom face 4, and sides 5 and 6. The base 2 has formed therein elongated and transversely extending slots 7 arranged 'in spaced relation throughout the length of the base with the slots greatly increasing in width toward one end thereof.

The u per face 3 of the base has formed therein a ove each slot 7 a circular opening 8, the peripheral wall of which is threaded, as at 9, said opening having communication with the slots 7 and varying in size according to the width of said slots.

The bottom face 4 of the base has formed therein below each slot 7 a recess 9 substantially semi-circular in shape in cross section and opening out through the side wall 6 of the base, said recesses also communicating with the slots 7 and varying in diameter according to the width of the slots 7.

Depending from the bottom face 4 of the base adjacent each recess 9is a lug 10.

A substantially square plate 11 is mounted to slide in each slot 7 and corresponds in width to said slot andis provided with a centrally arranged opening 12 corresponding in diameter to the circular opening 8 in the base above the slot 7 in which the plate is arranged,

The plates 11 extend at one end beyond the side wall 5 of the base and are provided on said extending end with a down-turned flange 13.

Connected with each lug is one end of a coiled expansion spring 14, the other end of which is connected with the flange 13 on the plate 11 which is mounted to slide in the opening 7 above said lug, said spring normally tending to hold the flange 13 in gpaced relation with the side wall 5 of the ase.

@ne end of each plate 11 is provided in its corner with upstanding ears 15 which are normally held in contact with the side wall 6 of the base by the spring 14; and cause the openings 12 in the plates to register with the circular openings in the upper face 3 of the base.

Coin tubes 16 which vary in diameter to receive coins of difi'erent denominations,

each has an end threadedly engaged in an opening 8 in the base corresponding to the diameter of the tube for connection therewith.

The other ends of the coin tubes 16 are beveled, as at 17, and the tubes increase in height toward the end of the base in which is formed the smaller slot. Each tube 16 has extending laterally therefrom at its beveled end an attaching lug l8.

A coin chute 19 is supported in an inclined position by the beveled ends of the coin tubes 16, said chute being substantially triangular in shape in cross section to provide an inclined bottom wall 20 which is removably connected with the'attaching lugs 18, a top wall 21, and side walls 22, said chute being provided at one end with a flared mouth 23. j

The slanting bottom wall 20 of the coin chute has formed therein above each coin tubean opening 2 L corresponding in diameter to the inside diameter of the tube and allowing coins which pass through the chute to gain access to a tube of corresponding diameter. 7

The coin tubes 16 which in this instance have been shown as three in number correspond in diameter to the diameter of a quarter, nickel, and dime, and are arranged with relation to the flared mouth of the coin chute so that the tube which receives the dimes is nearest thereto and with the tube thest therefrom.

shoulder 27 is arranged adjacent the tube for receiving the nickels.

The shoulder 26 is of less length and less height than the shoulder 27 so that coins which pass through the chute having a greater diameter than the diameter of a dime will be unretarded in their passage by the shoulder 26.

A clamp for the coin holder includes a strip of material 28 which is oflset between in Fig. 1 in the drawing.

its ends, as at 29, to provide the clamp with The arm 31 has connected therewith a I strip of resilient material 34, the ends of which are curved, as at 35, to frictionally engage the end tubes of the coin holder, so that the coin holder may be detachably connected with the supporting bracket as shown When the coin holder has'been connected with the steering post of a motor vehicle .as shown in Fig. l in the drawing and a passenger on the vehicle wishes to pay his fare and deposits in the flared mouth of the coin chute, a quarter, the same is carried down the chute by gravity and being of greater diameter than a nickel or a dime passes over the stop shoulders 27 and 26 and drops through the opening in the slanting wall of the coin chute and into the largest of the coin tubes,

' To return the passenger his change the operator of the vehicle places his hand beneath the coin holder and engages his fingers with the flanges on the plates 11 beneath the tubes holding the nickels and the dimes and by moving said plates against the influence of the springs 14, the change for the quarter will be ejected by the plates from the tubes into the hand of the operator.

When a dime which is of less diameter than a quarter or a nickel is dropped into change can bereturned to the passenger by.

the operator op'eratingthe ejecting plate beneath the tube containing the nickels.

When a nickel which of greater diameter than a dime is dropped into the coin chute, it is caused to contact with one side wall of the coin chute by the inclined bottom thereof so that as the nickel moves down the chute by gravity, it passes over the shoulder 26 which is of less depth and of less length than the shoulder 27 until it contacts with the shoulder 27 which serves to deflect the same into the tube for receiving the nickels. From the foregoing description, taken in connection, with the accompanying drawing,-

it is at once apparent, that a coin holder for connection with motor vehicles has beenprovided in which coins of corresponding denominations dropped into a coin chute will be directed into corresponding coin receiving tubes provided with'coin ejecting mechanlsm which enables the operator of the vehicle to make change with accuracy and rapidity.

Havin thus described the invention, what is claime as new, is:

A device of the class described having 1 base having a row of circular openings in the top thereof of different diametersand semi-circular shaped recessesin the bottom of the base opening out throughone sideo'f the base and extending beneath said open: ings, said base having transversely extend-J, ing slots therein interposed between said openings and recesses, plates in said slots extending beyond the sides of said base, each of said plates .having a circular opening therein corresponding in diameter to the diameter of the opening below which the plate is mounted in the base, upstanding ears at one end of each plate, a down turned flange at the opposite end of each plate, lugs on the bottom of said base contiguous to the walls of said recesses, and coil expansion springs terminally connected with said lugs and flangesq In testimony whereof I afiix my signature. T; McGINNIS.

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U.S. Classification453/15, 453/9, 453/44
Cooperative ClassificationG07D3/08, C12N9/1205