Abstract: A compact recycling coin changer device for simultaneously serving a plurality of users includes a housing with a plurality of coin inlet and outlet slots. Individual coin lift units deliver coins for sorting and distributing to common coin denomination hoppers are arranged in parallel rows. A common duct, centrally located in the housing, can receive released coins from the hoppers and deposit them on a common coin-distributing device that operatively interconnects with the respective coin outlets, for example on opposite exterior housing walls. The coin changer device can be operatively associated with the dispensing of products, for example at a gas station or other retail outlets.
Abstract: Auto-Arranged Coin Stacker and Dispenser device that is capable of stacking and dispensing coins automatically in a row and columnar configuration inside chambers formed between a back panel and a front panel between which a space is created to accept coins to drop freely and sequentially from an opening at the top of the device. A spacer having substantially the thickness of the coins is configured to have guide posts wherein the dropping coins are directed automatically to advance downward and arrange themselves first horizontally then vertically in the space provided between the front and back panels. The subsequently falling coins form additional rows vertically above the previous rows in a well-ordered manner by gravity assist and judiciously spaced guides on the sides. The device presents the stacked coins through a translucent frontage to show an immediate accounting of what has been deposited with an aesthetic appearance to the viewer.
Abstract: Foreign object removal-enabling features in a coin-operated item vending and game apparatus housing include a shallow V-shaped guard wall extending between a pair of opposing sidewalls of a lower end portion of the housing, a pair of openings each in one of the opposing sidewalls adjacent opposite ends of the guard wall, and another opening in a front wall of the housing below and in front of the guard wall. The guard wall is positioned to block debris, such as pieces of paper, from traveling on a path to a coin slot of a coin deposit while providing a slot in the guard wall for permitting a coin to pass through the guard wall to the coin slot. The wall openings will permit insertion a tweezers or other tool therethrough enable the debris removal.
Abstract: A lockable, removable cassette is described. In an implementation, the cassette includes a plastic shell and a currency access door. The cassette may also include a flexible handle and/or an integrated grip. In addition, the cassette may include at least one of an aperture and a transparent window positioned to reveal the contents of the cassette. In an implementation, the cassette includes a stacking mechanism which may include a drive means having non-circular drive gears.
May 25, 2004
Date of Patent:
January 27, 2009
Alfred F. Bergeron, Robert Clauser, Christopher L. Crawford, David C. Deaville, Michael D. Nunn, Jeffrey T. Thawley, Kenneth B. Wood, Stephen R. Watrous
Abstract: An in-wall coin bank with novelty face. The bank features a novelty face with an entertainment feature. The entertainment feature responds when a deposit is made, amusing or entertaining the user. The face may be detachable, different types of faces with entertainment features are possible. Methods of using the bank for saving are also disclosed and claimed.
Abstract: A coin-sending device. The device includes a rotary disc (C3) that is set in a posture extending forwards and downwards with a first-side reservoir (C1) facing a coins-lump insertion part. An outlet of a second-side passage (C2) is open at a part extending backwards and upwards. Coins inserted from the coins-lump insertion part are finely received into the first-side reservoir (C1) facing the lump insertion part and then sequentially sent by the rotary disc (C3) extending forwards and downwards to be taken out through the outlet (C202) of the second-side passage (C2) opening on a part extending backwards and upwards. The outlet of coins can be set at a high position, thereby eliminating the necessity of holding a large drop between an inlet side and an outlet side of the coin-sending device.
Abstract: A token for use with a token operated device includes a plurality of predetermined optical characteristics. The plurality of predetermined optical characteristics are disposed in a substantially radially symmetrical manner with respect to the token, and each of the optical characteristics have the property of a facet wherein an effective surface normal of said facet is a line along a predetermined vector angle with an elevational angle ranging preferably between 30.degree. and 60.degree.. An azimuthal angle of the facet surface is other than substantially along a radial line of the token or substantially along a line tangent to an annular ring centered on the token such that a token operated device can validate the predetermined optical characteristics substantially independent of token orientation.
Abstract: An aerobatic coin vending machine where the coin travels an aerobatic path under the influence of gravity after being fed into the coin feed mechanism. The coin first drops into a pre-chute with a relatively wide mouth for catching the coin. The pre-chute then drops the coin into the mouth of a main chute having a pair of first and second track portions. The coin rolls down the first track portion in one axial direction of the coin and then drops into the second track portion, down which it rolls in the other axial direction of the coin. The coin then drops out of the coin outlet of the main chute and onto a trackless and endless structure or vortex structure where the coin rolls in a spiral. Finally, the coin falls into a coin container. The main chute and vortex structure are disposed in the vending machine behind a transparent sidewall of the vending machine so that the coin aerobatics may be observed.
Abstract: A computer-controlled entertainment device operated with at least one of money and money equivalents includes: a housing; a plurality of viewing windows disposed on the housing; a symbol game arrangement for displaying winning and losing symbol combinations including a plurality of rotating bodies disposed in the housing behind respective ones of the viewing windows; an optionally selectable additional prize game arrangement for one of playing to completion and accumulating a prize won in the symbol game arrangement; a money processing arrangement including a value specific stacking arrangement for items of value, a prize delivery arrangement operatively connected to the stacking arrangement and comprising at least one collection bin for the items of value, the collection bin being configured such that a filling level thereof is visible from a region outside the entertainment device; a computer control arrangement for filling the collection bin with items of value up to a final total value which is one of pre
May 29, 1996
Date of Patent:
April 7, 1998
Ullrich Schulze, Horst Niederlein, Andreas Buchholz
Abstract: Device for checking metallic pieces, in particular coins, characterized in that it includes:two motorized, integral, concentric disks (3, 4) rotating in a plane that is inclined in relation to the horizontal, namely:an internal, so-called separating disk (3), onto which the pieces are thrown in loose condition, and which is provided with substantially radial edges (7) for separating the pieces, andan outer, so-called piece-recognition disk (4), the periphery of which is provided with alveoles (8), located in prolongation of the edges (7) of the internal disk (7), for receiving the pieces thus separated, the said pieces being held in the said alveoles (8) by a sliding plate (13) located under the outer disk (4), and by a circular border (12) partially surrounding the said outer disk (4);a fixed semi-circular barrier (10) disposed at the separation between the inner disk (3) and the outer disk (4) for retaining the pieces on the inner disk (3) in the lower portion thereof, anda piece-recognition device comprisi
Abstract: The present invention is for a bank which has a visible serpentine coin path through which coins are deposited into a coin reservoir. The serpentine coin path has a major slot for the transportation of the coins into the reservoir and at least one minor slot through which the coins can be viewed as they travel down the serpentine path to the reservoir. The slot and reservoir are particularly well suited for incorporation into an animal bank.
Abstract: Coins corresponding to a payment, thrown into a hopper, fall on a recessed disk and each lodge in one of the recesses. If two coins are superposed in one recess, the upper coin is deflected outwardly by a slot and then raised by the inclined bottom of this slot to finally be ejected from the recess. The coins are then, as a function of the result of a detection, oriented toward one or the other of two compartments of an annular display which surrounds the separation disk. At the end of each payment, the annular display turns a fraction of a turn to bring the two compartments into a presentation position, while two empty compartments are presented to receive the following payment, and the coins corresponding to the preceding payment arrive at a transmission position for example toward collection boxes. The drive of the movable portion of the display is effected by its radially outer edge.
Abstract: A coin collection device for charity comprises a generally upright body having a transparent front surface through which a track can be observed running from a coin feed slot at the top to a collection box at the bottom. The track divides into two branches at an intersection designed with a ramp so that coins approaching the intersection will normally jump a first branch and enter the other branch. An obstacle causes larger coins to divert into the first branch. Downstream of the intersection both branches are convoluted and intersect at least once for amusement value.
Abstract: An amusement device has a large transparent circular funnel element having a convexly flared inner wall and an outlet. A hemispherical reflector has a concentric opening and is disposed below and spaced apart from the funnel element with the outlet extending through the opening. The funnel element is supported by a circular container. A transparent hemispherical plastic dome covers the funnel element and includes a pair of coin chutes molded therein. A coin placed at the top of a chute and released is guided to roll down the chute to be tangentially injected through an opening in the dome to roll on edge around the funnel surface. The reflector causes the rolling coin to appear to be floating in air and produces a reflection of the coin. The coin will spiral downward and drop through the outlet. A gong is mounted below the outlet and is struck by the coin. The container includes a door in its sidewall for access to a coin collection tray disposed beneath the outlet.