US 3080963 A
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March 12, 1963 A. RQTHGART COIN HOLDER Filed May 18, 1962 INVENTOR. 4.46527 eon/6.427
ATIWIA/EK United States Patent "Q 3,080,963 COIN HOLDER Albert Rotligart, Brooklyn, N.Y assignor to Visionade Manufacturing Co., Inc., Brooklyn, N. a corporation of New York i Filed May 18, 1962, Ser. No. 196,575 6 Claims. (Cl. 206-.84)
a modified form of the invention, on a supporting surface; and
FIG. 8 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 8-8 of FIG. 7.
Referring now in detail to the drawing and particularly to FIGS. 1-6 thereof, 10 designates a coin holder embodying the invention.
FIGS. 1 and 2 illustrate the coin holder 10 before its application to a supporting surface- Said coin holder 10 comprises a block 11 of polyurethane foam, polyester foam,'rubberfoam, sponge rubber, vinyl foam or any other suitable soft, spongy or foamy, easily compressible resilient material.
"The block 11 is preferably of uniform thickness and board, and have been so constructed that coins inserted therein were visible, thereby inviting theft when theautomobile is parked. When the coins are placed in receptacles that could be closed, the coins are not easily and quickly removed for use.
It is hence an object of this invention to provide an extracted by pressing the block on both sides of the slit,
with the thumb and a finger, to expose a part of the coin which can then be easily gripped and pulled out of the slit.
Yet a further object of this invention is to provide a coin holder of the character described which shall firmly grip the coins, which shall be provided with an adhesive surface for a strip sheet, which may be removed to adhere the coin holder to a surface, and in which the coin holding slits may be made by simple die cutting.
Still a further object of this invention is to provide a compact coin holder of the character described which shall be relatively inexpensive to manufacture, easy to apply to a supporting surface, which shall be easy to manipulate, and which shall yet be practical and efficient to a high degree in use.
Other objects of this invention will in part be obvione and in part hereinafter pointed out.
The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements and arrangement of parts, which will be exemplified in the construction hereinafter described, and of which the scope of invention will be indicated in the following claims.
In the accompanying drawings in which is shown an illustrative embodiment of this invention,
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a coin holder embodying the invention;
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 2-2 of FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is a top-plan view of the coin holder attached to a supporting surface, with a coin inserted in one slit;
FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view taken on line 4-4 of FIG. 3;
FIG. 5 is a perspective view of the coin holder of FIGS. 3 and 4, and illustrating removal of a coin from a slot;
FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view taken on 'line 6-6 of FIG. 5;
FIG. 7 is a top plan view of a coin holder illustrating may be of any desirable auto outlin'e or shape. It is shown, to be rectangular with rounded corners in the drawing, but. may be shaped like a toy animal or figure to add to its attractiveness.
The rear surface of the block 11 carries'a coat or layer 12 ofsticky adhesive covered by astrip sheet 13 of paper or the like flexible material, which may be stripped away to permit the coin holder to ,be" adhered to a supporting surface 14, such as the dashboard of an automobile. The block 11 and the strip sheet 13 are die cut to form zig-zag shaped perforate slits 15 located between opposite edges of the block 11.
The slits 15 are long enough to receive the coins 16 they are intended to receive. The slits are spaced about one half inch apart. They may be parallel or may radiate. The block 11 is thick enough to fully receive the coins.
The coins 16 may be pushed into the slits 15 endwise, and are completely hidden in the slits when fully inserted. Yet they may be easily removed by pushing the block on both sides of the slit with the coin, as shown in FIG. 6, to expose part of the coin, then gripping the exposed part of the coin and withdrawing the coin. The block 11 may be either five-eighths of an inch in thickness to receive dimes, as shown in FIGS. 1-6, or of any other desirable thickness.-
In FIGS. 7 and 8, there is shown a coin holder 10a embodying the invention, exactly similar to the coin holder of FIGS. 1 to 6, except that the foam block 11a is one inch in thickness to receive quarters 30 as well, or it may be one and a quarter inch in thickness to also receive half dollar coins.
The zig-zag shape of the slits adds to the frictional hold on the coins. The coins expand the slits when inserted thereinto. When the coins are removed, the slits close up. The slits are die cut by thin rule dies.
Sheets of foam are preferably coated with adhesive and the strip sheets are applied before die cutting into blocks and die cutting the slits.
It will be noted that the device embodying the invention will hold small change hidden from prying eyes, to prevent pilferage. The device can be stuck away in out of sight places for safe keeping.
While the device is described as a coin holder, it has many uses. It may be used as a handy holder for coins or change for parking meters, tolls, soda machines, phone booths. For home use it is a handy holder for coins for washing machines, for the kiddies or for tips. Also it may be used as a holder for hairpins, buttons, cuff links, small jewelry items. The device keeps such articles clean and keeps out dust because the slit has a tendency to close and firmly grip the articles inserted.
Hence it serves to prevent such articles from falling or jumping out.
For outdoor use these holders can be used for fish hooks and fish flies.
In a shop the device can be used for washers, small screws, small tools and ball bearings. tokens can be held in this holder.
It will be observed that more than one coin or other article can be placed in each slit. The, closing of the slit around the articles holds them in place.
Wherever in the specification, or claims the term coin holder is used, it is intended to mean a holder for coins or other smallarticles.
It will thus be seenthat there is provided anapparatus in which the several objects of thisinvention. are achieved Also subway and which is well adapted to meet the conditions of'practi-- cal use.
As possible embodiments might be made of the above invention and as various changes might be made in the embodiment above set forth, it is to be. understood. that all matter herein set forth or shown in the accompanying drawings is to be interpreted as. illustrative. and not in a limiting sense.
1. A coin holder comprisingablock, of resilient foam material having spaced opposed faces and intersecting faces, forming edges, said block being formed with a plurality of elongated, thin, normally closed perforate slits to grip and totally enclose an object inserted into the slits to be held, therewithin, said slits terminating. short of the edges of the block.
2. The combination of claim 1, the length of the slits being at least as great as the thickness of the block.
3. The combination of claim 1, said block having a coating of adhesive on one sin-face, covered by a strip sheet.
4. The combination of claim 3, said slits extending all the way through the thickness of said block and through said strip sheet.
5. The combination of claim 1, said slits extending all the way through the thickness of said block from one to the other of said opposed faces.
6. The combination of claim 5, said opposetd faces being fiat and parallel to each other.
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