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No. 663,290. Patented Dec. 4, I900.
T. o. MILLER.
(Application filed Jim. 4, 1900.)
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THOMAS OOTAVUS MILLER, OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.
SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 663,290, dated December 4, 1900.
Application filed January 4,1900. Serial No. 369. (No model.)
To all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, THOMAS OCTAVUS MIL- LER, a citizen of the United States, and aresident of Houston, in the county of Harris and State of Texas, have invented a new and Improved Coin-Holder, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description.
The object of the invention is to provide a new and improved coin-holder designed for use on a belt to be worn by a person or on a stand placed on a counter, desk, or the like and any other convenient form and arranged to hold coins of desired denominations and. to permit the user to conveniently and quickly remove coins of various denominations for making change.
The invention consists of novel features and parts and combinations of the same, as will be fully described hereinafter and then pointed out in the claims.
A practical embodiment of my invention is represented in the accompanying drawings, forming a part of this specification, in which similar characters of reference indicate corresponding parts in all the views.
Figure 1 is a front elevation of the improvement. Fig. 2 isa plan view of the same. Fig. 3 is a sectional front elevation of the same on the line 3 3 in Fig. 2. Fig. 4 is a sectional plan view of the same on the line 4 4 in Fig. 3. Fig. 5 is a side elevation of the improvement with the filling device in position for placing a stack of coins in the holder. Fig. 6 is a front elevation of a belt provided with a plurality of coin-holders for holding coins of various denominations, and Fig. 7 is a sectional side elevation of a modified form of theimprovement.
The improved coin-holder is provided with a tube A, in which is held a coil-spring B, supporting on its top a plate 0, on which rests a stack of coins D, filled into the tube A at the upper end thereof by a filling device, as hereinafter more fully described. The uppermost coin D of the stack of coins D is engaged at its top surface at the sides of the coins by catches E E, held on a spring E riveted or otherwise fastened to the top of the tube A. Thus the spring B in exerting an upward pressure on the stack of coins D holds the uppermost coin D against the under sides of the catches E E, and as the said catches are located above the upper edge of the tube a distance slightly in excess of the thickness tube A. When a coin has thus been removed,
the spring B exerts pressure against the remaining coins to bring the next following top coin in position against the catches E E, so as to be in position for convenient removal by the operator, as above explained.
In the front of the tube A is arranged a vertically-disposed row of apertures F, placed a distance apart corresponding to the thickness of the coins, so that the operator can see at a glance how many coins are left in the tube.
In order to conveniently fill the tube A with a stack of coins, a filling device is provided consisting of a segmental slide G, mounted to move in a recess in the rear half portion of the tube A, as is plainly indicated in Fig. 4, and this slide G is provided at its upper end with a semicircular flange Gflextending inwardly and reaching over the top surface of the uppermost coin D without, however, interfering with the removal of this coin, as above explained. A catch H, which is provided with two notches, engages the top of slide G with the first notch, so as to hold the same normally in a lowermost position, permitting a removal of the coins, and with the second notch, so as to close the slot through which the coin is extracted from the tube A and to lock same to prevent the extraction of the coins and to prevent their losing out, and on the sides of the said slide G, near the lower end thereof, are secured pins I, projecting through vertical slots A in opposite sides of the tube A. The pins 1' are attached to a segmental arm I, extending around the front portion of the tube A and carrying at the front end a handle 1 adapted to be taken hold of by the operator to conveniently push the slide G in an upward direction when it is desired to fill a stack of coins into the tube by the filling device, or flange G may be made and provided at its outer edge and on the opposite side of slide G from catchH with a curved lifting-handle 1 so made as to extend in an outward and upward curve adapted to be taken hold of by the operator to conveniently lift the slide Gin an upward direction when .it is desired to fill a stack of coins into the tube by the filling device, as shown in Fig. 7.
It is understood that in order to move the slide G upward it is necessary for the operator to first swing the spring-catch H outward to release the slide for the purpose mentioned. When the slide is in an uppermost position, as shown in Fig. 5, then a stack of coins can be placed in the slide, the lowermost coin resting on the top of the catches E E, and when the operator now moves the slide G downward then the flange G engages the uppermost coin in the stack and presses on the same, so that the lowermost coin forces the catches E E outward to allow the stack of coins to pass down into the tubeA and against the uppermost coin still held in the tube if a coin is left in the tube; otherwise the stack of coins is pressed on by the plate 0 on the upper end of the spring B. Thus by the arrangement described the catches E E serve as a support for the lowermost coin in the stack of coins held in the slide G, it being understood that the said catches are beveled on their inner ends and readily spring outward when the slide G is forced downward to allow the stack of coins to pass into the tube.
The coin-holders are preferably arranged in groups of diiferent sizes for holding coins of difierent denominations. For instance, as shown in Fig. 6, four such coin-holders, or as many as are desired, are arranged one alongside the other on a belt, and for this purpose each of the coin-holders is provided at one side with a plurality of hooks J for engaging the loop J of the tube of the next following coin-holder. The loop J of the coin-holder at one end in the row connects with a hook K on one end of the belt L and the hooks J on the coin-holderat the other end of the row connect with a hook K on the other end of the belt L. (See Fig. 6.) If the coin-holders are used on counters, desks, or the like or other convenient form, then the several tubes are rigidly connected with each other by a web A as indicated in Fig. 7, the several coin-holders then forming a stand to be within con venientreach of the operator, and when the coin-holders are used on belts, as shown in Fig. 6, then, if desired, the tubes may also be connected with each other. by a web, as shown in A, Fig. 7, this arrangement then to take the place of the hooks J and J shown in Fig. 6. r
The device is very simple and durable in construction, is not liable to get out of order,
most coin at the sides thereof, to hold the coins in place in the tube, and to allow of sliding the uppermost coin forwardly out from under the catches and away from the tube, the under sides of the catches beinga distance above the upper edge of the tube, substantially as shown and described.
2. A coin-holder comprising a coin-tube having a spring and coin-catches, and a filling device movable on the tube for filling the stack of coins into the tube against the tension of the spring, substantially as shown and described.
3. A coin-holder comprising a coin-tube having a spring and coin-catches, and a filling device movable on the tube for filling the stack of coins into the tube against the tension of the spring, the catches holding the coins already in the tube in place, and at the same time forming a support for the stack of coins in the holder, substantially as shown and described.
4. A coin-holder comprising a coin-tube having a spring and coin-catches, and a filling device movable on the tube for filling the stack of coins into the tube against the tension of the spring, said filling device comprising a slide having an inwardly-extending flange at the upper end, means for holding the slide in lowermost position, and for closing and locking the slot through which the coins are extracted from the tube holding them, and means for raising said slide, as set forth.
5. A coin-holder, provided with a tube and a filling device, the latter comprising a slide fitted into a recess in the tube and formed at itsupper end with a flange extending over the coin in the tube, and aspring for locking the slide in position, and for closing and looking the slot through which the coins are extracted, substantially as shown.
6. A coin-holder, comprising a coin-tube having a spring and coin-catches, a filling device movable on the tube for filling a stack of coins into the tube against the tension of the spring, said filling device comprising a slide having an inwardly-extending flange at the upper end, means for holding the slide in its lowermost position and for closing and looking a slot through which the coins are extracted from the tube, andmeans for raising said slide, a plurality of said holders being connected with a belt.
7. The combination with a plurality of coinholders rigidly connected one with another by an integral web, whereby the holder is adapted for use on counters, desks and the like, each coin-holder consisting of a tube, a coiled spring in said tube, spring-catches secured to the upper end of the tube, a filling device movable on the tube for filling coins into the same, and means for closing and looking a slot through which the coins are ex- Id tracted.
In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.
THOMAS OCTAVUS MILLER.
J. I. BROCKMAN, S. B. EHRENWERTH.