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Publication numberUS849306 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateApr 2, 1907
Filing dateSep 12, 1905
Priority dateMay 24, 1905
Publication numberUS 849306 A, US 849306A, US-A-849306, US849306 A, US849306A
InventorsJames J Wood
Original AssigneeJames J Wood
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-operated mechanism.
US 849306 A
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No. 849,306. v PATENTED Am. 1901.



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Specification of Letters Patent.

Patented April 2, 1907.

Original application filed May 24,1905, $eria1 No. 262,194. Divided and this application filed September 12, 1905- Serial No. 278,085-

To ctZZ whom it may concern;

Be it known that LJAMES J. WooD, a c tizen of the United States, residing at Fort WV yne, in the'county of Allen and State of Indiana, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Ooin-Operated Mechanisms, of which the following is a specification.

This application is divisional of my application, Serial No. 262,194, filed May 24, 1905.

This invention provides certain improvements applicable to coin-actuated mechanisms and relating particularly to the construction of the coin-receiving box and its engagement with the casing of the apparatus to which the coinoperated mechanism is applied.

Although otherwise applicable, my invention is especially designed for use with prepayment electric meters. Its object is to provide a construction whereby the coin-receiving box may be sunk within a recess in the front of the meter-casing.

A prepayment-meter of a construction to which my present invention is applicable is set forth in my application, Serial No. 235,412, filed December 3, 1904.

In the accompanying drawings, Figure 1 is a frontelevation of an electric meter, showing the application of my invention thereto. Fig. 2 is a side elevation of the same, partly in vertical midsection. Fig. 3 is a fragmentary vertical section on the line 3 8 of Fig. 2 looking toward the front. Fig. 4 shows a fragment of the meter-casing in section with the coin-b ox in elevation, partly displaced.

Let A designate as a whole the electric meter or other apparatus to which the coin-operated mechanism is applied. Let B designate the casing of such meter or other apparatus, and D the portion or section of the casing inclosing the coin-actuated mechanism. J is the actuating wheel or knob of this mechanism.

L is the discharge-conduit, which receives the coin discharged from the coin-actuated mechanism, and M is the coin-box in which these coins are accumulated. The coin-operated mechanism is not shown; but for an understanding of such mechanism reference is made to my said application, Serial No. 235,412.

My invention provides a novel construction and arrangement of the coin-receptacle or box M. In my former construction this box was located wholly beneath the metercasing. and was detachable by displacing it downwardly after unlocking. With some constructions of electric meter, however, the meter-casing is already so long that to further prolong it by attaching the coin-box beneath would be undesirable, and in such cases according to my present invention I mainly inclose the coin-box M within the meter-casing, selecting some portion thereof where the interior space required to accommodate the coin-box is not used by any portion of the mechanism of the meter.

Figs. 1 and 2 show my invention as applied to the Thomson electric meter, which is modified by adding the auxiliary casing B, inclosing the prepayment mechanism, so that this projects above the top of the meter-casing, and by constructing in the latter an inwardly-projecting box or compartment 70, the front of which is exposed by an opening 71, out through the front of the casing, through which front opening the coin-box M may be introduced by pushing it backwardly from the front. The box M has, as formerly, an upwardly-curved front extension L, which joins the coin-conduit L, the latter being fastened thereto, so that when the box is removed the conduit L comes off with it. To apply the coin-box, the upper end of the conduit L is introduced into the coin-discharge slot, and the box M is swung back into the compartment 70. As it enters this compartment it is pressed up by a curved arm 72, fixed therein, and just before it is pressed fully back a lug (or lugs) 73 encounters the lower margin of the opening 71 and requires that the box shall be slightly lifted to bring the lug within the opening, whereby the upper end of the conduit L is pressed up fully into place in the coin-discharge slot and the box M is brought into direct coincidence with and fills the opening 71. To conceal the open ing, the front plate of the box is enlarged to form a flange 7 4. When the box is fully entered, it is only necessary to turn the key 31 to the locked position, thereby fastening the box in place, the key 31 being then withdrawn.

The lock N is in general of the same construction as that set forth in my said application, Serial No. 235,412-that is to say, it is a pin-tumbler lock comprising a barrel 30, slotted to receive the key and cross-bored to receive pin-tumblers which are pressed out by springs and move in holes drilled in the I I of the. curved branch L, so that the entering metal of the box. The barrel has a prolock carried by the box for fastening said box jection 35, which is turned downwardly and engages the end of the piece 72, as shown in Fig. 2 to lock the box in place. The lock is differently arranged relatively to the box I than in my said application in that the barrel is. arranged horizontally instead of veriically, so that the key is introduced from branch move over the top of this projection and as they fall are divided thereby and of, sothat this look projection or partition 7 v the front instead of upwardly from beneath I and the pin-tumblers are arranged vertically instead of horizontally. These tumblers occupy a vertical plane coincident with that of the conduit L, and to incase them a projection 75 is formed within the box, the top of which projects no higher than the bottom coins which are thrown backwardly by this compelled to fall one side or the other thereserves also the purpose of promoting a distribution of the coins Within the box and disposing of the entering coins in such positions as. to bring them out of the path of future coins. On unlocking the box it may be moved slightly forward and can then be dropped sufficiently so that its top will clear the upper margin of the opening 71, whereupon it can be swung outwardly, as shown in Fig. 4, and when sufficiently disengaged from the opening the box and conduit may be further dropped sufficiently to bring the upper end of'the conduit out of engagement with the casing of the coin-actuated device, into which casing it normally penetrates to the extent shown by the dotted lines in Fig. 2. The conduit is thus disengaged from the casing, and the box and conduit may be removed. The box isopen at its upper side, in order that by inverting it the coins within it may be dropped out. My invention may be varied or modified in mechanical construction and arrangement, and certain features may be omitted without impairing the operation of those retained.

I claim as my invention 1'. The combination with a casing having a front opening and formed with a compartment 70, of a coin-box M adapted to enter said compartment through said front opening, a coin-conduit L fixed thereto, and a in said compartment.

2. The combination with a casing having a ter said opening, a coin-conduit L fixed to said box, and means for lifting said box as it moves backwardly into said opening.

3. The combination With a casing having a front opening, of a coin-box M adapted to enter said opening, a coin-conduit L fixed to said box, and means for lifting said box as it moves backwardly into said opening, comprising an inclined guide 72 engaging the bottom of said box.

4. The combination with a casing having a front opening, of a coin-box M adapted to enter said opening, a coin-conduit L fixed to said box, said box having a lug 73 adapted to enter said opening upon the lifting of the box, and a lock for holding the box in place when so entered.

5. The combination with a casing having a front opening, of a coin-box M adapted to enter said opening, a coin-conduit L and curved branch L adapted to deliver coins into said box, and said box formed with an internal.

upright projection 75 adapted to divide the entering coins.

6. The combination with a casing having a front opening 71, of acoin-box M entering said opening, having a lock N, the casing having an inward projection 72, and the lock having a projection engaging the same to lock the parts in place.

7. A coin-box for a coin-operated mechahism, having a partition partially dividing its interior, and a lock formed in said partition.

8. A coin-box for a coin-operated mechanism, adapted to receive the discharged coins from a conduit, and having its interior par tially divided by a partition in line with said conduit, so that the entering coins are received on said partition. and caused thereby to fall into the compartments on either side thereof.

In witness whereof I have hereunto signed my name in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.


Witnesses: I


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