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T. P. GAYNOR.
No. 509,888. Patented Dec. 5, 1893.
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICEe THOMAS F. GAYNOR, OF BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
SPECIFICATION formng part of Letters Patent No. 509,888. dated December 5, 1893.
Application filedNovember 10, 1892. Serial No, 451,526. (No model.)
.T0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, THOMAS F. GAYNOR, of Brooklyn, county of Kings, and State of New York, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Coin-Carriers, of which the followingis a description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming a part thereof.
This invention relates to that class of devices which are adapted to carry coins, medals, or similar articles, as personal ornaments, such as badges, bangles, watch-charms, or the like, and the object being to produce a detachable connecting mechanism, by means of which the coin, or other article may be carried without defacing or injuring it in any way, and also providing the same with a fastening device by means of which it may be attached to the person of the wearer.
The invention consists in providing a pair of jaws which aremade to fit over and grasp the coin by its side edges within the circumference of laterally projecting edges or heads usual on coin with means to bind them to gether securely thereon, and in providing a suitable fastning device by which the whole mechanism may be carried upon the person.
Coins or medals of modern production have a raised edge upon each of their sides at their peripheries, thus making them thicker there than nearer the centers, and it is by reason of this that my device can be applied to the coin and that it will seourely hold it without mutilating it in any way, While being detachable as will be explained more fully hereinafter. The fastenng device in some of the figures is shown as being provided with a plate or platos upon which any suitable inscription can be made when so desired so that the whole device makes a badge of ornamental design when so used, thus allowing the use of a coin as part thereof without violatn g the law against the mutilation of coins. This is particularly applicable in the case of the five million silver half dollar coins appropriated by Congress to the Worlds Columbian Exposition, and which have been adopted by the latter as the official souvenirs, and which are sold at a premium and consequently will not generally circulate as money but will be carried as mementoes by the owners while being subject to the law against mutilation, such as by perforating holes therein, or soldering links thereto, or the like, which is the course usually pursued by persons under such cireumstances.
In the drawings, Figure 1, represents a front elevation of the device in its simplest form secured to a coin. Fig. 2, shows a vertical sectional view of Fig. 1, and of enlarged proportions. Fig. 3 shows a vertical sectional view, in which both jaws are integral and are bound together with a screw. Fig. 4, shows the device provided with a swivel and a pin fastening having a plate, or bar connected therewith for inscriptions. Fig. 5, shows a front elevation of the device having a double connecting mechanism for the coin, and being provided with a pin fastening, having two platos or bars for inscriptions, which are linked to the coin. Fig. 6, shows a front view of a fork shaped form of the device, shown sectionally in Fig. 3.
Similar letters referto similar parts throughout the several views.
In the drawings, A, represents a coin or medal having raised laterally extended edges A and A at its periphery A Some coins and medals have the inner parts of the edges beaded or milled as shown at A, A
B, B, represent a pair of jaws which are adapted to grasp the sides of the coin within the laterally extended edges, and having grooves B B therein, which fit transversely around the edges A, A of the coin when closed thereon.
In Figs. 1, 2, and 4, the device is shown as made like a longitudinally split screw, having an exterior portion threaded shown at B B and a nut C, fitted thereto. The threaded parts B B taper down as the nut is unscrewed away from the jaws so that it fits quite loosely when unscrewed, which allows the jaws to be opened wide enough to pass over the edges of the coin when being applied to, or detached from the latter, as indicated by dotted lines in Fig. 2.
When made as shown in Figs. 3, 5, and 6, the jaws have a screw D, fitted thereto in the usual manner which can be understood from the drawings without description and which binds the two together on the coin. This method of construction is preferable when the j aws are made integral, or of a flat or wide ICO shape, only it necessitates the use of a screw driver ortool in its manipulation while the nut form shown in Fig. l, may be operated by the fingers alone.
In Fig. 4, one of the jaws is shown as having its smaller end provided with a swive1 connection with the fastening device, so that either side of the coin may be presented to view while being worn without removing the fastening device from its position.
When the coin is to be used as a bangle from a ribbon, watch-chain or the like, the ring E, is a sufficiently suitable fastening, but when it is to be attached to the clothing or worn as a badge, the pin fastening E shown in Figs. 4, and 5, must be used, especially if a plate, E or plates E E are to be linked to the coin, as shown in Figs. 4 and 5, for purposes of inscription, or ornamentation.
The ring E, holds the threads of the two parts of the device in line when the nut is unscrewed, as it pa'sses through a hole in the small end of each jaw and fits reasonably close therein to accomplish this purpose. made in the form shown in.Fig. 4, a small When rivet F, Serves a similar purpose.
The advantages of the whole device are that coins, medals and similar articles can be W0rn as ornam'ents without mutilating them,
such as byboring holes therein or soldering links thereto,the usual course heretofore 'pursued by persons desiring to carry such "articles in this manner, and which 1s 1nartistic and in the case of coins unlawful,and
that the articles can be detached againwith- 'out injury,and in the case of coins,-without the loss of their current value as money. This invention is referred to as a coin carrier, and adapted to carry coins or medals,
but Ido not wish to be understood that the device is limited to these articles as any other article of jewelry or ornament that is to be made independent of its fastening device and is complete as an article of production itself one applied to'some other part instead, if de- Sired. Y In Figs. 3, 5 and 6, screws are shown as a means of securing the device to the coin. Of
course it is to be understood that after the screws are inserted, and it is desired to hold the jaws together permanently, the ends of the screws can be riveted over, as shown by the small rivet in Fig. 4. So, also, rivets or pins, like the rivet shown in Fig. 4, can be 'substituted for the screws if desired, and
without departing from the spirit of my invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim, and desire to secure by Letters Patent, is
1. A coin carrier consisting of a pair of grooved jaws adapted to grasp a coin or medal at its opposite sides within the circumference of the laterally pr0jecting edges of said coin or medal and to engage the peripheries of said laterally proj ecting edges, means for securing the jaws, and afastening on said jaws, substantially as specified.
2. A coin carrier consisting of a pair of threaded jaws adapted to grasp a coin or medal at its sides within the circumference of the laterally projecting edges of said'coin or medal, and to grasp said laterally projecting edges, a nut fitted thereto, and by means of which the jaws can be screwed together upon a coin or medal and a fastening all comfastening having a plate or bar from which said jaws depend, substantially as specified. 5. A coin or medalattachment comprising grooved jaws constructed to engage a portion of the coinor medal within the circumference of its laterallyprojecting edges and to engage the peripheries of said laterally projecting edges, and means for securing the jaws to the coin or medal, substantiallyasspecified.
THOMAS F. GAYNOR.
E. FOSTER, WM. A. WASHBURNE.