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No. s93,o47. Patented ren. |902.
T o MILLER CUIN HOLDER.
(Applicationl iilsd June 8! 1901 (No Model.)
UNrrnD STATES PATENT,
THOMAS O IMILLER, OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURL ASSIGNOR OF FORTY-NINE ONE-IIUNDREDTHS TO J. IVIMBERLY, OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.
SPECIFICATIGN forming part 'ci' Letters Patent No. 693,047, dated February 11, 1902.
Application filed .Tune 3, 1901.
T0 all 111711117@ t may concern.-
Be it known that I, THOMAS O.. MILLER, a citizen of the United States, residing in the city of St. Louis, in the State of Missouri, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Coin-Holders, of which the following is a full, clear, and exact description, reference being had to the accompanying drawings, forming part of this specification.
Myinvention relates to that class of devices denominated as quick-cl1ange coin-hold ers, into which stacks of coins may be placed Afor ready and quick extraction in making change, the holder being more especially intended for the use of car conductors, ,but serviceable for use in any place where it is desired to make change rapidly.
The invention consists in features of novelty hereinafter fully described, and pointed` improved coin-holder in series and of a formsuitable to be worn on the person of a carconductor. Fig. II is a cross-sectional view taken on line II II, Fig. I. Fig. III is an enlarged vertical sectional view, partly broken out, taken on the line III III, Fig. II. Fig. IV is an enlarged vertical sectional view of a fragment of one of the coin-holders, illustrating the controlling-spring of one 0f the coin-extracting levers.
The coin-receptacle is a tube preferably provided with a series of apertures, through which astack of coins placed within the tube may be observed at any time for information as to the amount of coin in the tube. A single tube may be used, or there may be a series of the tubes assembled, as seen in Figs. I and II, to contain a number of stacks of coins, from either of which coins may be eX- tracted, the tubes being preferably of varying sizes for different denominations of coins.
lfVithout confining myself specifically to a plurality of coin-holders assembled together I will describe a device as so constructed, it being obvious and understood-that a single coin-holder might be used without departing from my invention.
1 designates the coin-holding tubes, and 2 the perforations therein.
is a lid provided with slots l and hinged Serial No. 62,862. (No model.)
to ears 5, carried by an apertured top plate G, that is secured to the upper ends of the coinholder. The lid 3 is provided with a springcatch 7, adapted to engage the top plate 6 to hold the lid in closed position. The coins may be inserted singly through the slots 4 in the lid 3, or they may be depositedin stacks in the tubes 1 upon the lid being lifted and swung rearwardly on its hinges.
8 designates anv upper apertured bottom plate xed to the lower ends of the tubes l,and 9 a lower bottom plate connected to the plate 8 and slightly separated therefrom beneath the tubes 1. The plate 9 extends beneath the tubes 1, so as to provide a support for the coins in the tubes when they descend thereto; but are cut away at 10 to permit the removal of the coins from the lower ends of the tubes.
11 designates coin-extracting levers positioned between the bottom plates tlA and 9 and adapted to move freely between said plates beneath the tubes 1. Each lever 11 is'pivoted at 1-2 to the plate 9 and is provided with a nger-piece 13, by which the lever may be moved on its pivot. The levers are normally held beneath the tubes 1 by springs 14, xed to the tubes 1 and arranged to bear against the levers, as seen in Figs. II and IV. Vhen a coin is to be extracted, the lever 11 beneath the tube 1', containing the coin of desired denomination, is manipulated by pressing the linger or thumb against the linger-piece 13 of the lever, thereby causing the lever to be swung on its pivot from a position beneath the tube, so as to clear the space between the lower end of the tube and the bottom plate 9, and permit of the descent of the coin onto the plate 9 in front of the lever. The lever being then returned to its normal position by manual reverse throw thereof under the inliuence of the spring 14, the coin resting'on the bottom plate` 9 (which is the lowermost one of the stack contained by the tube 1)A is ejected from the coin-holder through the opening provided at the cut-away portion 10 of the plate 9.
In order to lock the levers 11 and prevent actuation thereof by the finger-pieces 13 being accidentally struck, I employ a lock-bar 15, that is adapted to be so positioned with relation to the levers 11 as to prevent movement of the levers, The lock-bar 15 is pro IOO .vided at its ends with slots 16 and 17, that receive studs 1S and 19, carried by the bottom plate 9. At one end of the lock-bar is a lip 20, by which the bar may be grasped to move it longitudinally., said movement being provided for by the slot-and-stud connection referred to. At intervals on the lock-bar are lips that project inwardly from the bar and are adapted to be shifted with the bar into positions directly in the rear of the extracting-levers 11, so that said levers will strike thereagainst when pressure is exerted against the linger-pieces 13, and as a conse` quence the levers are held from movement. To provide for the retention of the lock-bar 15 in the position to which it may be shifted, I attach a spring 21 to said bar, (see Fig. IL) the spring being bent at 22 to engage the stud 19 and retain the lock-bar from movement.
Vhen the coin-holder is to be carried on the person of a car-conductor, it is preferably supplied with loops 23, fixed to the rear side thereof, through which a belt 24 may be passed to be worn by the conductor.
I claim as my invention- 1. In a coin-holder, the combination of a tube having an open lower end, a coin-support located beneath said tube, alever pivoted to said support, and a lock-bar adapted to engage said lever and prevent movement thereof, substantially as described.
2. In a coin-holder, the combination of a series of tubes, a coin-supporting plate located beneath said tubes, levers pivotally mounted beneath said tubes and a lock-bar adapted to be thrown into engagement with said levers to prevent their movement, substantially as described. y
3. In a coin-holder, the combination of a series of tubes, a coin-supporting plate located .beneath said tubes, levers pivotally mounted said tube and adapted to engage and eject a coin deposited onto said supporting-plate, and a slidable'lockbar adapted to be thrown into engagement with said levers to prevent their movement, substantially as described.
5. In a coin-holder, the combination of a series of tubes, a slotted lid swingingly mounted at the upper ends of said tubes, a supporting-plate located beneath said tubes and having cut-away portions beneath the tubes, levers pivoted to said supporting-plate, springs arranged to bear against said levers, a slotted lock-bar mounted on said supporting-plate and adapted to engage said levers, studs located in the slots in said bar, and a spring carried by said bar arranged to engage one of said studs, substantially as described'.
THOMAS O. MILLER.
In presence of E. S. KNIGHT, N. V. ALEXANDER.