US 2613871 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
Oct 14, 1952 R. F. aRoussARD ET AL 2,613,871
COIN HANDLING APPARATUS 3 Sheets-Sheet l Filed April 12, 1949 Oct. 14, 1952 R. F.BRoussARD ET A1. 2,613,871
com HANDLING APPARATUS 5 Sheets-Sheet 3 Filed April 12. 1949 .Jp Mray a@ W WU. m mM t MJ A .y Fm [P ,MM Rm Patented Oct. 14, 1952 COIN HANDLING APPARATUS Robert F. Broussard, Houston, Tex., and Henry J. Miller, Chicago, Ill., assignprs, by direct and mesne assignments, to Duncan Parking Meter Corporation, Chicago, Ill., a corporation of Illinois' Application April 12, 1949, Serial No. 87,066
This invention relates to a coin box in the formY of y a tubular cartridge adapted for use with a mechanism which is coin-operated or coin-- actuated, :a parking meter being the example herein disclosed. The prim-ary object of this invention is to provide a cartridge having means which will prevent unauthorized theft of coins therefrom while permitting the cartridge to be moved bodily to a collection container into which the coins may be automatically released by gravity. By use of a co-in cartridge of this description, the collector whose duty it is t empty each cartridge is powerless to tamper with the coins at any stage during the transfer of the cartridge from the coin mechanism to the .collection container. y
A feature of the present invention is the provision of a sleeve rotatably assembled with the cartridge and adapted to be `operated only in response toa torsional force, which is applied thereto from a key which is fixedly mounted in the collection container into which coins accumulated within the cartridge are to be transferred by an authorized collecto-r. Both the cartridge and the sleeve are formed with lateral op-enings, adapted to be positioned in register only when the sleeve has been rotated as the result of operation from a key such as ythe one above referred to; at al1 other times, when the cartridge is separated from the collection container, the opening in the cartridge is closed by the sleeve which occupies the properA rotative position for this purpose.
A further feature which lcharacterizes this invention is the provision in the collection container of a receiving tube in which the cartridge is fitted when a transfer of coins is to be made thereinto. This tube is also equipped with a cooperating collar fitted rotatively thereto. Either f the tube ortho collar is fixedly carried by the container, so that the associated part will be free to rotate relative thereto. Lateral openings in both the tube `.and its collar are provided to permit coins to pass therethrough into the coll-ection container, but only when these two opening-s are positioned in register. Operation of the collar or tube, as the case may be, may be produced only by the cartridge which becomes the operating medium therefor. mounted at the base of the tube controls the operation -of the sleeve within the cartridge, and the latter, when rotated, then transmits a corresponding motion to the tube, `or t0 the collar 'assembled therewith, whereby to uncover the lateral opening in the tube or collar to open up cornl claims. (c1. 23a-16) The key which is fixedly 2 munication therethrough. The opening movements 0f the sleeve in the cartridge, and of the tube-or collar associated therewith, proceed concurrently, and the same is true of the closing movements which take place preliminary to sep-aration of the cartridge `fro-m the` collectio-n container.
By the means described we provide ample protection for all coins which laccumulate in the cartridge so that tampering therewith at any stag-e in the transfer operation is effectively prevented; also` the'collection container is maintained, closed at all times except when a cartridge is fitted thereto for transfer of its coins thereinto. In this waythe collector who is responsible for these Yoperations is prevented from access to either thecartridge or to the container'and consequently is under no suspicion in connection therewith. v f
The cartridge o-f my invention is characterized by certain improved features in its construction and operation,v all as will hereinafterr be described in detail in conjunction with the Aaccompanying drawings wherein- Figure 1 Vis a` view in perspective of a'collector in the act of transferring a coincartridge. fro-m auparking meter to a mobile receiving container; Fig. 2 is an elevational view of the c-oin cartridge applied to the receiving. tube (shown in section) of the container;
Fig. 3 is a side elevation of the coin cartridge, broken away at places to exhibit the construction interiorly thereof;
Fig. 4 is an elevational view of the receiving end of the cartridge; I
Fig. 5 is asimilar view ofthe opposite end thereof;
Fig. 6 which is a fragmentary View. through the lower end of a cartridge compartment in a coin mechanism shows in elevation afkick-out device whereby thecartridge is displaced outwardly at its lower iend lpreliminaryV to its removal from the compartment; Y Fig. 7 is :a view in sectional elevation looking toward. the coin cartridge when in its position within the compartment therefor that is provided in a coin mechanism; i
Fig. 8 is a view in elevation, locking on line 8j of Fig. 2, the cartridge being removed from the vlew; Y
, Fig.-9 is a view in elevation, looking on line 9 -9 f Qf Fig. 2;
Fig. 10-is a fragmentary detail in section, vtaken on line I0-l0 of Fig. 9;
Fig. 11 is a longitudinal section through the container top shows the associated head in side elevation;
Fig. 14 is a transverse section, taken on line lil- I4 ofFig. 13;
Fig. 15 is a perspective View, partly broken away, of the collar which is fitted interiorly of the tube that is fixedly carried by the container top;
Fig. 16 is a detail in section, taken on liney iii-I6 of Fig. 13;
Fig. 17 is a longitudinal section through the head-tube assembly with a cartridge tted thereinto for release of coins therefrom;
Fig. 18 is a fragmented view in elevation, looking tow-ard the inner end of the chute tube;
Fig. 19 is a longitudinal Section through a head-collar assembly of modied construction;
and f I Fig. 20 Ais a transverse section therethrough, taken on line ZB-Z of Fig. 19. l*
By way of example, a coin-operated machin M in the form of a parking meter is shown in Fig. 1, but so far as concernsv the present invention it vmight just as well be a coin-actuated or coinoperated machine for nearly any conceivable purpose. The machine is provided with acoin entry slot 2U connected by a suitable chute or otherwise with a separating plate 2l having a discharge slot 22 (see Fig. '7) through vwhich descending coins are guided in any appropriate Way. Y
Below the separating plate the machine casing is formed into a cylindrical neck 25 providing therewithin a chamber 26 for the reception of a coin box C. A side opening 21 inthe neck affords clearance for movement ofthe box into and out of the chamber 26. I provide for this chamber a doory which may taketheform of a sleeve 28 which is slidably fitted around the neck and which will cover or uncover the neck opening 21 according as it is raised or lowered, respectively. The door is locked by a suitable key-operated lock 30, such as is disclosed in Patent 2,483,805, dated October 4, 1949, whereby to secure the door' in its upper or covering position.
The coin box C with which we are here concerned may be termed `a receiven Itsforml iS that of a tubular cartridge having at its top end a closure head 32 through which is a coin inlet slot 33 adapted to lie oppositely of and below the discharge slot 22 in the separating plate when the cartridge is operatively positioned within the chamber 25. VA displacer 35 for the cartridge is also positioned within the chamber. As shown, `this device is an angled plate that is tiltably mounted at the base of the chamber'with a sill portion 36 extendedrinto the neck opening 21 to x the rotative position of thedisplacer therewithin. From opposite sides jaws 37 upstand from the displacer, these jaws beingV slanted away from'eachother toward'the neck opening 21. j The cartridge which is adapted to rest on the displ-acer when placed within the chamber 26 has Vdepending from its bottom end 38 a block with opposedwedge faces 39 slightly converging, which may enterbetween the jaws 31 to be-y engaged thereby whereby to fix the rotative positioifi'rjf the cartridge so that' its 'coin inlet slot 33 will align with the discharge slot 22 inithe 'separating plate `thereabove. The'V displacer sillV .36' stands in the of rock shafts 33 carried in suitable mountings which depend from the top head 32. Each rock shaft carries, ixedly or otherwise, a plurality of spaced-apart dogs dll occupying spaced-apart positions which are staggered with respect to each other. Normally each set of dogs depends by gravity to cooperate with the other set so as to offer an obstruction to movement of any coin outwardly through theI inlet slot 33. By some such means as this, we provide a `gravity-operated gate which effectively prevents a reverse outward movement of coins through the inlet slot33, thereby enhancing the protection afforded tothe coins contained within the cartridge.
The cartridge comprises in its assembly' an inner sleeve S which is rotatably fitted therein in its lower end portion. The upper end' ofthe sleeve is open so as to receive theV coins lwhich enter into the cartridge through its inlet slot 33 at the top. The sleeve is provided with a bot# tom d8 to which is xedly secured theinnerA end of a rotatable'plug forming part of a key-oper#- ated-cylinder lock L which is mountedI on the cartridge bottom 33.l By application of a proper key, as hereinafter described, the sleeve S may be held stationary while the surrounding cartridge C is rotated throughv a limited distance. The sleeve is formed with a large side opening 56 and a similar opening 5l is formed in the cartridge at a corresponding axial position. In the normal position of the sleeve, its opening is closed by the cartridge whose opening 51 is misaligned therewith. There is then ay fully closed receiver from which coins may not be removed. In order to condition the'rec'eiver for discharge of all coins which have accumulated therein, the sleeve is held stationary by the use of a proper key and the cartridge is rotated to bring theopenin'g-E thereof into alignment with the opening 56 of the sleeve.
From the description up to this point it will be noted we have provided a cartridge which has an inlet Vopening to receive coins when thereceivery is operatively installed within the coin machine. At such times the sleeve S occupies a closed position relative tothev lateral opening of the cartridge so that the way is blocked lfor removal of any coinsv therefrom.- When'in use, the cartridge-is also protected by the sleeve '28 whiohbars access to lthe chamber Vwhereinithe cartridge is contained. Except when proper keys arev available for operating the door-'lock whereby to remove the cartridge, and then for rotating the sleeve to an open position to freeA the coins, access to the interi-cr `of the receiver remains barred. f Y f v We provide-also a container R to which transfer is made of coins accumulated in the cartridges of the machines comprised in the same circuit. Such a container may be portable orbernounted on wheels, as shown in Fig. 1. It is provided with a normally-locked door 6] which, when opened, permits removal therethrough of the-coins which vhave been transferred'thereinto. The container topgmay be equipped withra small head having .an inclined wall 6| -wherein is a large aperture '62 k,surrounded by an annulus B3 formed with an .upwardly-facing rseat to receive a clamping ring 64,;,A tube 'I' which is extended throughthe aperture 62 is reversely bent near its upper end at-6,5 Aand, then outwardly flared andv laterally extended l.at 66,` thereby providing a flange which nts yinj between the annulus seat and the clampingring 64, the'latter being tightly and permanentlysecured to the annulus and to the container head as by means of a plurality of rivets 51, In some such way as this the tube T is lixedlylsecured tothe container head wall 6| so as ,to expose its upper open end exteriorly of the .container while extending therewithin for a substantial distance, as clearly-indicated in Fig. 2,
thereby providing, in effect,k a chute for the coins which are to be discharged into the container.
The `inner end of the tube T is closed by a l head1!) whereon is carried, with the aid of clamping'screws 1|, a block 12 having therein an elongated slot 13 which registers with a complementary slot 14 that is formedein the head 10 diametricallythereof. The two slots 13 and 14 are of increased length as they approach each other so as toereceive andconfine therebetween the head end 15 of aley K whose bitted shank is extended intothe tubeT axially thereof. The cartridge (C, is of proper size to be entered into the'tube T cartridge when the latter is positioned opera- .tively within the tube (see Figs. and 11). vnotch 11 is formed at the inner end of the outer collar O, and opposite thereto is the acting end ofv a latch arm 18 pivotally mounted at 19 in a slotted block 80 which is affixed to the tube T at Va point where it may engage with the proximate'end of the outer collar O to hold the latter 'against' endwise sliding movement inonerdirectiene] A; spring 8| urges the latch arm to a position-,of engagement with the notch 11 whenever ytl'ie'oiiter collar O is rotated to the correct position for. this purpose. f
1 "Atits outer end the outervcollar is provided with'a second notch 83 which lies opposit-ely of the transverse branch 84 of a bayonet slot whose longitudinal branch 85 opens out upon the outer end'of. the tube T wherein this bayonet slot is 'formed; f. This slot and also the notch 83 is adaptfred to receive a stud 81 which protrudes radially from the cartridge C, but only when the latter is rotatively positioned properly `for the purpose.
*"Inwadvancing the cartridge with the tube T, the studv 81 requires that the movement be axial up to' fthepoint of the stu-d rea-ching the juncture of the two vbranches of the bayonet slot; from that point on the movement is rotative with the vstudv transmitting a like movement to the Vcollar O.' Preliminary to start of this rotative moveyment, the lower or inner end portionof the vcartridge will have advanced within the tube T a distance sufcient to eng-age -a cam 89 (see Fig. 10) Aon the latch :arm 18, thereby causing its Y acting'endto be rocked away from and out of the notch 11 of the collar O where it normally remains to lock this collar Iagainst rotation. With.
the latch arm thus loperated to inoperative position, the collar Ok is free to rotate in response to the turning movement that is transmitted there- `to by the stud 81 of the cartridge under manipulation. p
The tube T isformed with a lateral opening 9| and a like opening 92 is formed in the oollar O,
`the one opening being registrable with the other when the collar isturned to the requisite rotative position for this purpose in response to turning movement transmitted thereto from the cartridge; both openings 9| and '92, when in register with. .each other, are also in register with the cartridge and sleeve openings -56 and 51 .wh-en the latter are in register with each other. Such a Icoincidental relationship is assured by utilizing the xed key K which is carried by thetube AT as the medium for holding the sleeve S while the cartridge C is turned, and by utilizing the turning cartridge as the medium for rotating the collar O upon the ixed tube T. All fourl openings, when in register, face downwardly so that the coins contained within the cartridge will discharge therefrom by gravity into the container R.
Removal of the cartridge from the tube .T involves only a reversal of the movements just described. Before the cartridge can be withdrawn axially it must be turned through .approximately j,' 'and in so ydoing it rotates the collar O back vcharacterized by the collar O being -applied to the exterior of the tube, by the provision of la latch which normally locks yone to the other to prevent relative rotation, this latch beingoperated byl axial :advance of the cartridge so as to free the collar for rotation when a turningmovement is imparted thereto, and by a bayonet slot in the tube to receive therethrough a stud projecting from thecartridge for engagement with a notch inthe collar whereby to provide an operating medium therefor.y Y
yIn Figs. 12-18 we have illustrated a'rnodified construction of the container receiving-,tube designed for reception of, and operation by, a car- `tri-dge-sleeve assembly Isuch as the one already described. The explanation to follow will accordingly be concerned primarily with the head at the container top and the tube vassembly alssociated therewith.
The tube T' is here shown to depend from a circular plate |0| with which it may lbe integrally joined, this plate being anixed to the' under face of vthe container top wall |02 as by means of bolts |03 which pass therethrough and through the 'base plate |04 of a tting |05 which is ixedly positioned upon the top face of the same wall. The fitting is shaped to provide 'a khood having an opening |06 directly opposite the outer end of the tube T and in-spaced relation thereto. There isy also provided for the hood opening a closure cap |01 in the form of a round concavo-convex plate that is carried between the free ends of a pair of arms |08 having slots |09 extended inwardly from their opposite ends; a pin I0 anchored to the hood extends inwardly thereof a sunicientdistance to engage the slot 7 |09 of the proximate arm Vand to lprovide therefor anaxs about which the 4closure cap may both rotate and slide; and awire spring Irl which is looped laround each pin Il] and then extended away and through -coils, 4| l2 to -connect with a second Vpin |3 on the proximate varm |58, serves yto press the vclosure cap outwardly. A'-Ihe 'arms are loffset to provide shoulders ||4 for yengaging the periphery :of 4the hood vopening 'when the -cap '|2011 is positioned vtherewitl'iin LV-to aiord ja' stop therefor. Pressure from the springs H1 will hold the 'cap securely in this 'closure position. To uncover the hood opening |06, the lcap is pushed in enough to clear thein'ner lface of the wall 'of the hood and 'then swung leitward (as viewed 'in Fig. 17) as far as necessary for la -ful1 exposure of the outer 'open 'end of the tube T' within the hood. When so disposed the 'continuing spring pressure will maintain 'the cap in vfrictional engagement with `the hood interiorly "thereof so vas to hold 'the cap in whatever xposition it has reached. At `the conclusion of a coin tranference operation the cap 'may again be manipulated to swing over into Athe hood opening |06 to provide a closure therefor.
The fixed tube T provides a mounting for a |I of this 'collar is centrally 'apertured to receive 'therethrough a key K' `which is carried 'by a, holder in the form .of a plate I iwhich vis secu-r'ed, as by screws H8, to opposite lugs H9 which are extended 'from the tube T beyond the inner end thereof. Depending 4from the holder plate l Il is a. lug having a. 'tapped hole in its end Vto receive ascrew |2| which traverses a leaf 'spring '|22 which is Aangled to .lie in part between the handle of .the key K" and a shallow recess |23 in the lug face confronted by the key. The -key handle is `formed with a 'longitudinal .slot |24 'through which is entered theshank of a screw |25 which 4is anchored ina tapped hole in "the lug |20. Such a mounting `for the key .permits alirnited longitudinal movement thereof against vthe .tension of the spring, 'and also a .limited rocking movement of 4the lhey within the confines of the recess |23 which isslightly wider than the key handle (see Fig. 17). L'Ihis is an important 'feature 'because the '.key lis thereby enabled to adjust itself correctly .to lthe locklL, or vice versa, when the cartridge is tted operatively lin place Within the ylxed tube `T.
A coiledspring A| .is seated in the holder to exert .an outward vpressure upon the .collar bottom 1| l5 vthereby tending to maintain the-collar I in the endwise .position shown. `Adjacent-each lug ||9 is a notch |32 `for receiving a wing |533 which is extended radially outwardly from Athe collar I, the `tWo lwings being disposedabout 180 Yapa-rt at 4the inner end portion of .the collar (see to the -collar I a v rotary motion'whereby 'to bring into register -two lateralppeningsone (-136) in thecollar I and the other (|31) in the tube 'I".
vrotatable collar I interiorlythereof. The bottom 'when' assembled with the tube the couar'ris locked in place with capacity for Vrotation rela- -tive thereto between 'two positions in -one of y but which is rendered ineffective when the collar has been axially shifted by 'the inserted cartridge, and by va pair of jaws Awithin the collar engageableby the block at the inner'end of the cartridge to transmita turning movement from the cartridge to the collar. Y
-In Figs. 1'9 and 2'01there is shown 'a construction in which an exterior collarO 'is assembled with a tube T Ain surrounding relation thereto.
'The tube in this case, as in -the Vconstructions previously described, has a xed mounting on the container tcp and is extended, in part, into the interior thereof -where itis provided witha lateral discharge opening |40. A complementary opening |-4| is formed in the collar O' so that, when in registencoins mayfall out by gravity into the container for accumulation therewithin. The tube l'I"' extends inwardlysomewhat further than Vthe collarO' and near itsl inner end fis provided i with a disc bottom |42 to which is joined apair of jaws |43 which are slanted in conformity with the opposite walls l39 -of the block at the bottom end of the cartridge C the same as Apreviously de- 'scribed herein.
There is formed inthe tube T" va circumferential slot |45 extending through approximately 90 with 'one end of the slot laterally turned outwardly at 1145 for a slight distance. Two such slots, one a duplicate of the other, may be -provided upon-opposite` sides `of the tube T. In'engagement with each lslotis a pin whichmay ytake the form of a 'screw v|41 that is carried by the collar O and anchored in a tapped hole |48 that is vprovided in the jaw r|343 opposite thereto. In
the closed position'of the collar shown in Fig. v19 'the pin occupies a position at the outturned end |46 of the slot v|45 so vas to lock the rcoll'aragainst rotation. `To rotate the collar to Lopen position, the collar is shifted axially inwardly in response Ato endwise pressure transmittedby the cartridge, -whereupon the pin vlfif'l lies opposite the circumferential portion of the slot |45 in .positiontobe -advanced vrotationally thereinto. In this 'assembly it will be noted that it is the collar O onthe outside which is joined to the discbottom V|42 .on the inside of vthe xed tube T, vand "that'the in terconnecting pins 1'4"? Apass through circumferentialslots in the tube where'by'to'determinethe rotative capacity of 4the 4collar and the conditions under'which it is free to' operate, and .that these same interconnecting pins provide thermedium for transmission of *motion to the collar vfrom the disc bottom lwhen 'the .latter is oper- 'ated by a `cartridge when `engaged therewith.
vIn 'this construction there is also comprised a key holder |50 in the form of a plate which is v'slots |45 at all timeswhen the lateral discharge openings |40 `and 4| 'are closed, Vas 'shown in Fig.
19. The holder plateis formed upon its inner side with a boss |53 vwherein is formed a diametric slot |54 for reception of the handle |55 of a key K" whose bitted shank |56 isextended outwardly through a central aperture |51 for projection interiorly within the tube T and in operative position relative tothe lock Lthat is mounted in place at the innerend of the cartridge C designed for association therewith. A screw |58 traversing the boss |53 passes through the key handle |55 whereby to anchor it in place and non-rotatably with respectto vthe holder plate With this'construction the cartridge serves as the'operating medium as hereinbefore described. The cartridge is advanced axially into the tube T" and positioned rotatively therein with its slanted walls 39, 30 between the coacting jaws |43, |43 at the inner end of the collar; a further axial movement is alsorequired to shift the collar endwise against the tension of the spring |52 to the point of positioning the pins opposite the circumferential slots |45. 'As a result of these manipulations, the key K", will have operatively outer c ollar O' of the tube T" will also be turned to a like discharge'position. Engagement of the key K" with the lock L will prevent axial withdrawal of the cartridge until after a reverse rotary movement has Ataken place, thus assuring closing of the lateral openings in both the tube T` and cartridge C before separation of one from the other can take place.
For further protectionvof the coins which are transferred into the container R. from time to time, we provide a depending apron |60, pivoted at ||i| to the under side of theplate |0| (see Figs. 13 and 1'7) and'normally hanging vertically opposite the discharge opening |31 of the tube T' which faces upon its under side. yShould one succeed in rotating the collar I to the' position wherein the discharge opening |31 of the tube T is uncovered, it will still be necessary to sub-v stantially invert the container R to induce a gravity movement of coins outwardly through the tube. In any such position the apron |60 will be swung by gravity to a position .of closure relative to the coin discharge opening |31 in the tube T', thereby preventing any coins from entering thereinto for passage outwardly therefrom.
The tube-collar assembly last described is characterized by the collar being applied to the exterior of the tube with capacity for a limited endwise movement therein in opposition to the tension of a spring, and by a disc bottom within the tube near the inner end thereof in fixed connection with the collar exteriorly of the tube by means which permits the transmission thereto of a rotary movementonly when the collar is in the single rotative position wherein lthe coin discharge opening is closed, the disc bottom being provided with a pair of jaws engageable by the cartridge which then serves as the operating medium by which to concurrently open its own coin discharge opening as well as that in the tube.
1. In a coin apparatus of the kind described, a container provided with a tube fixed thereto and extending interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adapted to have inserted'into it a coin-receiving cartridge provided at one point with a'radi-v` ally projecting stud, a collar surrounding the tube and rotatable relative thereto, there being a discharge opening in the ltube and a coacting opening in the collar arranged to occupy open and closed positions relative to each other when theA collar is in one or theother of twoA rotative positions relative to the tube, there being a notch in the'collar and oppositely thereof a bayonet slot formed in the tube, the slot havinga longitudinal portion in registry with the notch 4to permit insertion of the cartridge in the tube in a position wherein the stud passes through the slot to engage the notch in the collar, the slot also having# an arcuate portion branching at right angles from. f
its longitudinal portion to permit the cartridge to rotate and transmit its rotary movement to the collar, and means for limiting the rangeof rotative movements of the collar. j,
2. In a coin apparatus of the kind described, a container provided with a tube fixed thereto and extending interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adapted to have inserted into it a coin-receiving cartridge, and a collar surrounding the tube and rotatable relative thereto, there being a discharge opening in the tube and a coacting opening in the collar arranged to occupy open `and closed vpositions relative to each other when the collar is in one or the other of two rotative positions relative to the tube, there being formed in the tube a circumferential slot having at one end a longitudinal extension and in the collar a notch at a point opposite the longitudinal extension of the slot to receive a stud projecting radially from the cartridge whereby to transmit turning. move-l ments therefrom to the collar through a range commensurate with the length of therslot.
3. A coin apparatus according to `claimf2 in'` which means is provided for normally locking the collar in its closed rotative position and :which lis engageable by the cartridge to free thefcollarnfor rotation preliminary to effective transmission of a turning movement thereto.
4. In an apparatus of thekind described, a'
container provided with. a tube Xed thereto vand extending interiorly and le'xtelriorly thereof, the.' interiorly arranged portion of the tube vproviding" a support for anon-rotatable key' extending axially of the tube toward its outerend, acollarY assembled with the tube and permanently mounte. ed thereon and constituting a portionof the conel tainer and vrotatable ,relative toA the. tube, there.
being a discharge opening in the tube andaY -coacting opening in the collar arranged` to occupyv open and closed positions relative to each other when the collar is in one or the other of two rotative positions relative to the tube, andan operate,
ing medium for the collar comprising-a cylindrical coin-receiving cartridge together with a sleeve assembled in unitary relation therewith for rotation relative thereto, there being in .the cartridge? and its assembled sleeve coacting discharge o-pen- 11 effecting registration of the coacting discharge openings of the cartridge and sleeve.-
A coin Vapparatus of the kind. described. com prising a cartridge' having acoin inlet slot at one end a lsleeve rotatably tted. within the cartridge,-
4. able laterally in a, predetermined rotative position between a. pair of' converging jaws. at the base of a., chamber below the discharge chute of a coin machine whereby to align the coin inlet slot with the discharge chute to receive coins from thecoin machine, the block also being receivable axially in a. predetermined rotative position between a pairof like jaws in a collar having a rotatable mounting ina ltube aiiixed to one wall collar arranged tovoccupy open andl closed. positions relative-to. each other when the collar is in one or the. other'of two rotatable positions, rela.` tiveto.- the tube, means on the collarengageable by the cartridge when inserted into. the tubefor transmitting turning movements from the. car.-l tridgetothe collar, and; means normallyl locking the collar, when. in its v'closed rotative position, engageable by the,- cartridge to freev theacollarfor rotation preliminary teefIecti-ng transmission of. a turning. movement thereto.
9.'In a coin apparatus` ci the kind described, a container provided with a tube xed thereto and extending interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adapted .to have inserted into .it a coin-recei-vi-ng cartridge, a collar assembled coaxially with4 the tube and permanently. mounted thereon of a container with a key anchored to the tube andextending axially therewithin for entry in p the plug of the. cylinder lock when the cartridge is advanced into the collar, and the cartridge when rotated therewithin transmitting a like movement to the collar while the key holds the sleeve from turning, the collar and tube being formed with discharge openings adapted for positioning in and out of register when the collar and tube occupy one or4 the other of two rotative positions. relative to each other, the arrangement being such that turning of the cartridge Within the collar will concurrently bring all four discharge openings-into register with each other.
6. In an apparatus ofv the kind described, av
container provided with a. tube fixed thereto and extending interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adapted to be inserted into it, a coin-receiving cartridge. having a1', its inner end a cylinder lock comprising a plug rotatable coaxially of the tube, a key within the tub-e at its inner 'end extending' axially thereof toward its outer end for engagement with the rotatable plug of the cartridge `when the latter is inserted within the tube for the requisite distance, a mounting near the. inner end of the tube wherein the key is held against rotation with capacity for limited axial movement, spring means urging the lkey outwardly whereby the key is free to adjust itself axially, as required, for coaction with' the plug when `in engagement therewith,'and a closure collar assembled with the tube and rotatable relative thereto and engageable by the cartridge, whenv the key is inengagement with the plug, tobeturned thereby.
7. A coin apparatus according to claim 6 wherein a mounting is `provided for the key with provision for a limitedmovement of the key relative; to the mounting. whereby the key is freeV to adjust; itself for coactionwith the rotatable. plug when engaged therewith.
8; In a coin apparatus of the kind described, a. container provided with a tube fixed 'thereto and extending interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adapted toV have inserted into it a coinreceiving cartridge, a collar assembled coaxially withthetube, rotatable relative thereto, and permanentl-y mounted thereon to constitute a portion of the container, there being a discharge opening inthe tube and a coacting opening in the to. constitute a portion of the container and mov. ableboth` rotatably .and axially of the tube, there being, a dischargeopening in the tube anda coacting opening in the collar arranged tooccupyopen. and closed positions. relativeto. each other when. the collar is. in one or the other of two. rotative positions relative to the tube, means. onv the coll-ar engageable by: the cartridge When. inserted into the tube for transmitting.l turning. movements from. the cartridge to the collar, a. spring associated withA the collar and. exerting a force thereon counter to axial movement thereof in one direction, means locking the collar in. its. closed position when released to. the action of its spring,v and meansY engageable. by the cartridge formoving. the v'col-lar. counter tothe tension of. itsspring to freethe collar for. rotation preliminary to effecting transmission of a turning` Inovement thereto.
l0. In a coin apparatus ofthe kind described, a container provided with a tube iixed thereto and extending. interiorly and exteriorly thereof and adaptedI to have inserted into it a coinreceiving cartridge, a collar within the tube movable both rotatably and axially relative thereto, a spring associated with the collar and exerting a force thereon counter to axial move- `ment thereof in one direction, there being a discharge opening in the tube and a coacting opening in the collar arranged to occupy open and closed positions relative to each other when the collar is in one or the other of two rotative positions` relative to the tube. means at the inner end of the cartridge in axially separable engagement with complementary means inwardly of the collar for transmitting turning movements from the cartridge to the collar, means locking the collar in its closed position when released to the .action of its associated spring, and means engageable by thev cartridge for moving the collar counter to the tension of the spring -to free the collar for rotation preliminary to eiecting transmission of a turning movement thereto.
ROBERT F. BROUSSARD. HENRY J. MILLER.
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