US 3245523 A
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April 12, 1966 R. N. WHITE VISUAL COIN DISPLAY AND LIKE HOLDER Filed Oct. 7, 1964 INVENTO ATTOR/I/A'V United States Patent 3,245,523 VISUAL COIN DISPLAY AND LIKE HOLDER Raymond N. White, 28204 James Drive, Warren, Mich. Filed Oct. 7, 1964, Ser. No. 402,280 4 Claims. '(Cl. 206-.83)
This invention relates to means for collecting coins, stamps and other items and more particularly to means which permit such collectors items to be safely stored away and to still be fully visible for display, inspection and personal handling when desired.
Over the years, there have been many suggestions of ways of storing and protecting coins, stamps and like collectors items. Such means and devices have varied from simple folders and sheets with open pockets or individual envelopes to elaborate temperature and humidity controlled display cases.
It is an object of this invention to improve upon the more simple and less expensive book or album type of device for collecting coins and the like. However, the application extends to other areas as Well and no limitation is intended in this respect.
As regards coin collecting, it is proposed to provide a member with a number of coin sized pockets which are covered on opposite sides by means you can see through. Although this has been accomplished before, the present invention seeks to provide a semi-permanent cove-r closure by using adhesive means to fix the cover closures down. At the same time, this invention includes means whereby the same cover closures may be easily removed and used again and again.
To be more specific, it is an object of this invention to teach the use of closure means having a pressure sensitive adhesive coating which is readily engaged to and stripped olf from a surface including or like the stripoil backing material normally used to cover and protect the adhesive surface before it is initially used.
As regards coin collecting, it is an object of this invention to teach the use of a paperboard or like member having the thickness of a coin and which has a plurality of coin receptive pockets formed in and clear through it. The pockets are closed on one side by a cover sheet with pocket matching see-through openings and which is adhesively secured and fixed to the underside of the coin receptive member. On the other side of the coin holding member, however, is a covering like the strip-off paper protective of pressure sensitive adhesive surfaces before they are first used. As a consequence, a second cover sheet, with see-through openings, it readily engaged to the paperboard member and as easily stripped back for access to each and any coin receptive pocket whenever desired.
As will be subsequently described, the close adhesion (between the adhesive surfaced part and the plastic coated or otherwise prepared surface on the coin holder enables a close and fast bond which is practically air-tight. Still, the adhesive surfaced cover member can be lifted and pulled-off the pocketed member or pulled back just enough for access to a particular coin in a particular pocket and then reapplied again and again.
These and other objects and advantages to be gained in the practice of this invention will be better understood and more fully appreciated upon a reading of the following specification in regard to a preferred embodiment of the invention and having reference to the accompanying drawings.
In the drawings:
FIGURE 1 is a front plan view of a coin collecting folder page from an album or the like made in accord with the teachings of this invention and showing the cover sheet pulled back from the lower part thereof.
FIGURE 2 is a greatly enlarged cross section of one 3,245,523 Patented Apr. 12, 1966 of the pockets in the member shown by the previous drawing figure as seen in the plane of line 22 thereon and looking in the direction of the arrows.
FIGURE '3 is an enlarged and fragmentary corner section of another folder page with a modified form of the present invention shown thereby.
Although the discussion which follows will be directed principally to the numismatics and to coin collecting, it is again mentioned that the present invention is also adaptable to other fields and for other purposes as well. This will be touched on more fully in subsequent concluding remarks but should be kept in-mind.
Referring again to the drawings:
A page from an album or a folder is shown and is identified by the number 10. In this particular instance it is a paperboard member 12 formed with openings or pockets 14 which are the size of coins to be collected and which extend clear through. The coin receptive member 12 is substantially the thickness of the coins to be collected and the pocket openings may be formed in rows across, down, grouped together, in columns or however desired. Although there are no particular dictates as regards the location of the pockets, it is preferable that separate pocket openings 14 be provided for each coin to be collected and that the opening be of substantially the size of the particular coin to be received therein.
A cover sheet 16 is used on both sides of the paperboard member 12. -It may be of a heavy paper or a plastic-like sheet material, about paper thickness, reasonably pliable, and which can be easily cut and formed as desired.
The cover sheets are formed with openings 18 that match the pocket openings 14 in the paperboard member 12. They are substantially the size and shape of the paperboard member 12 so that they cover it completely and their underside is coated with a pressure sensitive adhesive 20.
The openings 18 formed in the cover sheets 16 are closed with individual transparent discs 22 of cellophane, see-through plastic or the like. Although shown as circular, and just slightly larger than the size of the coin pockets 14, other than the disc shape may be used and the size may be different as will later be more fully discussed.
Although the two cover sheets 16 are the same, they are used somewhat differently and so the cover sheet secured to what We will consider the back or underside of the paperboard member 12 will be referred to by numerals with distinctive sufiix marks as the back cover sheet 16', its opening 18, etc.
FIG. 2 shows that the cover sheet 16 is secured directly to the paperboard member 12 with its see-through discs 22' directly under the pockets 14 therein.
The cover sheet 16, on the top side, however, is secured to a plastic or otherwise coated cover material or sheet 24 which is preferably a part of the paperboard member. This cover material is the same as that used for the protective strip-off backing on pressure sensitive adhesive coated stickers, shelf paper and the like.
Because of the aflinity of the adhesive surface of the cover sheet 16 for the cover or backing sheet material 24, the two adhere well together. However, they can still be readily stripped apart and therein lies the usefulness in the present instance. Any attempt to stripoif the cover sheet 16' from the bottom side of the paperboard member 12 would pull away the paperboard surface and would render the cover sheet useless and ineffective thereafter. However, the top cover sheet 16 can be stripped back and reapplied again and again.
The paper board member 12 may be provided with the cover sheet 16' on one side, the strip-off paper 24 on the other and even have the top cover sheet 16 provided in place thereon. However, diflerent parts can also be provided separately. The cover sheet openings could be punch-outs that are removed after or with the backing paper. Although the paperboard member 12 may be formed without the backing paper 24 right on it, and be separately glued on the coin receptive member, it is preferable if it is provided on the coin holder when it is first made.
When the back cover sheet 16' is on the back side of the coin holding member 12 the openings 14 become pockets in which the coins 26 can be disposed. Further, since the openings 14 are closed by the transparent discs 22' the bottom side of the coin is clearly visible.
After the top cover sheet 16 is applied to the member 12 all the pockets will be closed and those with coins will have them fully protected and still visible on both sides.
Although no claim is made for any truly hermetic sealing, it will be appreciated that the protection against humidity, dirt and grime is considerably more than with previously known folders or individual containers and envelopes. In particular, the protection obtained against finger printing, while still affording full visibility, makes the means proposed highly advantageous.
It will be appreciated that the application of separate see-through discs 22 to the under side of the cover sheets 16, and over the openings 18 therein, would be a tedious job if done manually. Accordingly, such individual pieces are contemplated as applied more by automated equipment. In any do-it-yourself form, or just less difficult arrangement, the pocket opening would preferably be provided in rows or otherwise so that a larger single piece of see-through plastic could cover several holes.
FIGURE 3 shows a variation of the type just mentioned. In this instance the openings 118 in the cover sheets 16 are arranged in diagonal rows and so that plastic see-through strips 28 can be used to cover a whole row of openings at one time. To assure a reasonably good 'bond all the way around an opening, cut-out sections or slots 30 may be provided in the strips 28 so that adhesive contact can be made through them.
Although not shown, it will also be appreciated that a full size see-through plastic member could be used to provide the pocket covers with suitable apertures, cutouts and openings around the pockets for adhesive action through them.
The cover sheet opening in the lower corner of the last drawing figure shows a square piece 32 of seethrough material used to cover a round opening and points up that ditferent shapes and sizes of closure means may be used and even that small and separate cover sheet patches with a single viewing member are conceivable.
Adaptations for collecting other things besides coins come readily to mind.
Stamp collecting requires little more than two cover sheets back-to-back with a backing sheet with stampsize openings between them.
Leaves and flowers might require irregular shaped pockets and even a retaining member of vacuum formed plastic and perhaps with other than a flat and plain surface area. Since the cover means and the see-through parts are pliable this would create no problem.
Individual containers with the proposed type of seethrough closure follow readily. These might be square shaped flat members just the size for a single coin and with a small patch-like front and back window cover.
In each instance where the holders are formed to include a surface covering similar to the strip-off backing used with pressure sensitive adhesive means, the advantages of this invention may be practiced.
Although a preferred embodiment of this invention has been shown and described in detail, it will be appreciated that other modifications and improvements are within the scope of the teachings set forth. Accordingly, such of these improvements and modifications as are within the spirit of the invention and are not specifically excluded by the language of the hereinafter appended claims are to be considered as inclusive thereunder.
1. A coin collecting folder page, comprising;
a paperboard member of substantially the thickness of coins to be collected and having a plurality of coin receptive pockets of substantially the size and shape of particular coins provided therein and separate and apart from each other,
a cover sheet of substantially the size and shape of the papaerboard member and with a plurality of openings provided therethrough and matching said pockets in size, shape and disposition,
a pressure sensitive adhesive coating provided on one side of said cover sheet and transparent means engaged thereto and closing the openings provided therethrough,
a strip-off backing sheet for engagement with the adhesive side of said cover sheet,
and said backing sheet being secured face up on the paperboard member and having pocket matching openings provided therethrough for receiving said cover sheet in strip-off engagement therewith and the transparent means thereof in closing relation over said pockets.
2. The coin collecting folder page of claim 1,
said transparent means being individual and overpocket sized members.
3. The coin collecting folder page of claim 1,
said transparent means including strips of see-through material covering consecutive aligned openings and being relatively spaced to expose said adhesive coating therebetween.
4. The coin collecting folder page of claim 1,
said pockets extending through the paperboard memher and having a second cover sheet with pocket matching openings, closed by transparent means, and an adhesive coated surface secured directly and fixedly thereto.
References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,719,962 7/1927 Beistle 20683 2,359,314 10/1944 Klein et al.
THERON E. CONDON, Primary Examiner.