Having Figure Or Mechanism Operated Or Released By Coin Patents (Class 446/9)
  • Publication number: 20080261480
    Abstract: An interactive money box fosters the habit of saving in children by displaying animated characters in response to insertion of coins into a money box. Characters may also be displayed in response to failure to insert coins for a period of time or at a given rate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Inventor: Chi Wai Chan
  • Patent number: 6595385
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a figure having a head supporting a rotating plate and a torso supported upon a base. The torso defines a token dispensing passage in communication with the head and further supports a pivotably moveable arm. The arm is pivotable between a raised position and a lowered position against a return spring which urges it toward its raised position. A gear mechanism is operable in response to downward movement of the arm against the return spring to rotate the plate within the figures head and agitate a plurality of disc-like tokens received within the head chamber. A single token is discharged through the torso and outwardly through the door formed in the figures torso to complete token dispensing. The arm is released and the cycle repeated by each player to dispense game tokens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Glen Nakamoto, Jeffery Champ
  • Patent number: 5993279
    Abstract: A discharge lamp arc tube comprises: a glass tube having a linear extension portion, a closed glass bulb, and pinch seal portions at both sides of the closed glass bulb; and electrode assemblies, each having an electrode rod, a molybdenum foil and a lead wire integrally series-connected, the molybdenum foil having oxide films thereon, wherein the electrode assemblies are inserted into the glass tube and pinch-sealed such that the molybdenum foils are positioned at the respective pinch seal portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Fukuyo, Shinichi Irisawa, Nobuo Ohkawai
  • Patent number: 5944254
    Abstract: A savings coin box with controllable music box which includes a body, a music box, a control device and other elements. The music box is transversely positioned on the supporting disk on the cylindrical body, and a control device is installed above the music box. According to this structure, when a coin is thrown from a guiding rail, the extending rod of the control device is driven so that the music box will not be confined and the potential power is released. When the control disk of the control device is rotated through a predetermined angle, the music box is again limited by the extending rod, and then it is stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 5573407
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for training a child to complete a toilet training experience. The invention includes an object placed in close proximity to a toilet appropriate for training the child. The invention also includes a device for emitting a musical sound. Upon successful completion of a toilet training experience, the child is provided a reward token, such as a coin. The child may then place the token into the object, which may comprise a piggy bank. In response to placement of the token into the object, the music emitting device generates a musical sound. The method allows the child to associate the object visually with the training experience and to associate the musical sounds audibly with the training experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Beverly Dunford
  • Patent number: 5509602
    Abstract: A savings bank with a music bell is disclosed and comprises a control stick, a control lamella and other components. The locating end of the control stick and the control lamella is rotated by a coin deposited in the guide rail, and is located so as to lock the fly wheel again after the drive gear installed on the music bell has rotated by one revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Inventor: Jian H. Liu
  • Patent number: 5465909
    Abstract: A talking contribution box for receipt of charitable contributions having a visual display of the cause for contribution. The apparatus includes a pedestal with a annular volume for housing a programmable voice driver and a transparent hollow enclosure coupled to the pedestal defining an interior for location of the visual display and further acting as a contribution receiving chamber. Placement of money through a slot provided in the enclosure operates the programmable voice or video driver for acknowledging receipt thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Rudolf Roth
  • Patent number: 5304084
    Abstract: An audible coin bank includes: a hollow container (1) having a dropping slot (11) formed in an upper portion of the container for dropping coins (3) into the container through the slot (11) and a bottom hole (12) formed in a bottom portion of the container, and a casing (20) having a battery-powered audio-actuating device (2) plugged in the bottom hole (12) of the container, which will receive a sound signal of an impacting sound caused by a coin (3) impacting upon a sensor (21) of the audio-actuating device or caused by a mutual impact of the dropping coin (3) with the other coins deposited in the container for producing a voice or music melody by a voice or music producing integrated circuit for entertaining purpose, and wherein the batteries (26) stored in the casing may be replaced or renewed directly from the casing (20) plugged in the bottom portion of the container for prolonging a service life of the coin bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Fu-Chiang Liao
  • Patent number: 5299671
    Abstract: An electrically operated coin exchanger has a shallow slot into which a coin is inserted. A motor is actuated by the coin, the coin exchanger vibrates, a lid on the normally closed top of the device opens, and a simulated hand appears which grasps the coin and pulls it inside the box as the lid closes. A coin or token unlike that inserted into the slot then appears from an opening near the bottom of the coin exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1994
    Inventor: Clifford Garland
  • Patent number: 5135434
    Abstract: A bank having a coin slot and a repository for deposited coins is provided. The bank can detect coins deposited. A coin is returned upon deposit of a predetermined amount of money to return interest such as a nickel in interests for depositing twenty-five cents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Assignee: First National Piggy Bank, Ltd.
    Inventor: Andrew B. Mallon
  • Patent number: 5122093
    Abstract: A coin bank for sorting and storing coins of various sizes is disclosed. The coin bank includes a coin receiver, a plurality of coin channels, a plurality of coin sorting apertures, a coin storage structure and a tilt motion mechanism. The tilt motion mechanism tilts the channels from side to side to cause coins deposited in said receiver to roll along a serpentine coin path defined by the coin channels. Coins encounter sorting apertures along the path. When coins reach a aperture corresponding in size, they fall into a coin storage structure. The coin channels are transparent so the interesting visual effect of coins traversing the coin path may be observed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1992
    Assignee: Mag-Nif, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 5074819
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a toy bank novelty device. The toy bank structure is collapsible in nature and includes a mouse trap therewith to cause the structure to fly apart or explode when activated. The mouse trap may be activated by insertion of a coin into the toy bank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1991
    Inventor: Wayne Stadnyk
  • Patent number: 5054782
    Abstract: A toy money box in the form of a slot machine which has a coin store for a jackpot prize. That store has a hinged base which is normally held shut by engagement with a cam, displacement of the cam upon sensing of a winning combination for the chance wheels releasing the hinged base to release prize money. Additionally a clutch mechanism is provided between the operating handle and the operating mechanism. This reduces the chance of damage to the operating mechanism should the handle be operated when the mechanism is jammed. The wheels are set in rotation by spring loaded fingers which drive said wheels, said fingers being moved to their loaded position by said clutch and engaging a stop to causing said clutch to release the fingers which spring back and spin the chance wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Assignee: Kulay Manufacturing Limited
    Inventor: James J. Sutter
  • Patent number: 4987990
    Abstract: A visually interesting coin sorter and bank receives a group of random coins in a coin receiving chamber and ejects the coins one-at-a-time to roll to the bottom of a rotatable transparent spiral elevator plate or wheel. The spiral wheel lifts the rolling coins toward the center of the wheel until caught by size restrictions in the spiral to be then moved through an arc and to drop through a proper slot to form sorted stacks of coins. The spiral wheel is driven through an electric motor which is automatically turned on as soon as one or more coins are dropped in the chamber. Aftet the last coin is sorted the motor is automatically turned off. A coin sensing lever in the coin receiving chamber releases a cycle timer to close a switch to start the motor. The rotating spiral wheel drives an ejector slide to eject the coins one-at-a-time from the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Assignee: Mag-Nif, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerzy Perkitny
  • Patent number: 4838554
    Abstract: A toy money box resembling a slot machine has one money slot where the money enters a store and is returned if the slot machine when operated gives a jackpot. The money box has a second slot where money passes to a store separate from the slot machine and acts as a conventional money box. A mechanism for controlling the slot machine is provided which is simpler than previous mechanisms. In one aspect, the chance wheels are rotated by a gear drive which rotates one chance wheel through a one-way clutch and similar one-way clutches between adjacent pairs of chance wheels impart the rotation sequentially to all of the wheels. A clutch mechanism between the operating handle and the gear drive can comprise a pawl rotatably engaged within a cylindrical sleeve, the end of the pawl engaging a opening in the sleeve for transmitting rotary motion from the pawl to the sleeve and a cam being provided to disengage the end of the pawl when a particular extent of rotation has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventors: James J. Sutter, Marvin Roberts
  • Patent number: 4783073
    Abstract: A savings bank gaming apparatus in which a game is played by inserting a coin and then by operating a keyboard and the game and results appear on a liquid crystal display. When a control circuit determines the game has been won, the inserted coin is returned to a coin return and when lost, directed to a coin storage box. The coin after insertion is held at a fork by a gate which then directs the coin to one of the two forks in accordance with the game results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1986
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1988
    Inventor: Chiba Kazumi
  • Patent number: 4699313
    Abstract: A safe coin box is provided and consists of a conduit that has an elongated coin passage so constructed that the conduit cannot be removed from the coin box after it is inserted within a slot therein and removal of coins from the coin box is prevented through the conduit when a blade is inserted therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1987
    Inventors: Floyd G. Sander, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4511341
    Abstract: An animated coin sorting bank that provides a unique form of animation when a coin is deposited therein, and which sorts coins of different diameters. A coin deposited in the bank moves under gravitational/inertial forces from an inlet to a sorting area. As it moves between the inlet and the sorting area, the coin moves through an arcuate segment in which it engages and rotates a display member. Preferably, a composite image is formed partly on the display member and partly on a front cover, so that when the display member is rotated an element of animation of that composite image is produced. After releasing from the display disc the coin continues to move under gravitational/inertial forces to a sorting area in which the coin is sorted according to its diameter. According to the preferred embodiment a high speed rotation of the display member and a high speed sort is effected, in order to enhance the visual animation produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Inventors: John W. Spirk, Jr., John R. Nottingham
  • Patent number: 4458899
    Abstract: A game capable of receiving and then seemingly randomly dispensing objects includes a housing which has an accumulator chamber located therein. The accumulator chamber can receive individual objects, accumulate them, and then dispense the objects so accumulated. An activation member is mounted on the housing in association with the accumulator chamber. Further, a chance member is mounted on the housing in association with the activation member. The chance member is capable of moving between a plurality of positions, at least one of the positions being a dispensing position. The activation member moves the chance member on the housing between its positions in response to reception of one of the objects in the accumulator chamber by the depositing of the object in the accumulator chamber. Objects are accumulated in the accumulator chamber as they are so deposited, with the chance member being moved with the deposition of each of the individual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Kanno, Takahiko Ichimura