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Marchi, 1938.
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G. A. LONG
G01N COLLECTION BOX
Filed July 30, 1936
. 2,109,864
Patented Mar. 1, 1938
2,109,864
Par; 'r or Fior:
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2,109,864
COIN COLLECTION BOX
George A. Long, Hartford, Conn., assignor to
The Gray Telephone Pay Station Company,
Hartford, Conn., a4 corporation of Connecticut
Application July 30, 1936, Serial No. 93,328
6y Claims. (o1. 23e-,15.)
My invention relates to the class of devices
’my improved box illustrated and described herein
which are more commonly used Ain machines
where payment is required for their use such as
is for the purpose of providing means for thus
guarding its contents. The box may have a han
die ‘i3 as a means for withdrawing it'from. the
telephone pay stations, parking meters, amuse
Cilv
» ment devices of various sorts, etc., the coins' de
case and Afor carrying it if desired.
posited in'payment >being delivered to a receptacle
from which they are subsequently» collected, «and
an object `of my invention, `among others, is the
production oi'a coin box of' this type which >shall
be secure to a 4maximum -extent from pil-tering
or unauthorized' access to the same.
One form of a `coin collection box embodying
my invention and in the construction andvu'se of
which the objects herein set out, as well as oth~
ers, may be attained is illustrated in the accom
'
’
A cover Hl is removably aiñxed to the top of
the -box said cover having a Aflange l5 surround
ing the upper edge of the box, a catch I6 at one
end to engage a hole at the edge of the box and
a spr-ing hasp 'Il at its opposite end to engage a 10
holder i8 having a hole to receive the shackle of
the padlock i2 as shown in Fig. 1 of the drawing.
A coin slot i9 registering with the coin slot i9
when the box is in place in the case 8 opens into
a chamber 263 in the top of the box, the bottom 15
panying drawing in which:
'
of said chamber being formed by a closing `plate
Figure l Vis a front view of the lower portion l‘of - 2l having a coin slot 22 registering with the coin
the case for a coin collection box with the door
removed.
20'
`
Figure 2 is a view in vertical section through
the same on a plane denoted by ’the dotted lines
holes in the plate 2i, which pins may be headed
2~--2 of Fig. `1.
to secure said plate in spaced relation to the top
Figure 3 is a View in horizontal section on a
plane denoted by the dotted lines 3-3 of Fig. -1.
25
slot t3 in the cover. ’I'he plate 2l is secured to
the cover as by means of pins projecting in
wardly `from the ‘top of the cover and through
Figure 4 is a View in horizontal section on'a
plane denoted by the dotted lines 4_4 of Fig. 2.
without the cover.
v
of >the cover.
-
side of the top of the cover lll, this lever com 25
prising at one end a shutter 23 and at its opposite
end an offset actuating finger 2A which ñnger pro
Y
Figure 5 is a View in horizontal section on -a
jects through a 'slot 25 formed in the cover, as
plane denoted by the dotted lines 5_5 `of Fig. -1,
the coin box being partially entered into the> case.
shown in Figs. 5, 6, and? ofthe drawing. The
Figure 6 is a similar view but showing the coin
box fully inserted in the case as shown in Figs.
1,2, and 4; and
'
‘ A shutter lever is pivotally attached to the in,
'
Figure 7 is another similar View showing the
coin box nearly removed from the case.
ln‘ the accompanying drawing the numeral 8
denotes a portion of the case of an apparatus for
the use of which payment is required, the other
parts of the case, not shown, usually housing the
operating apparatus, «as a telephone pay station,
a parking meter, an amusement device or other
apparatus. The numeral 9 denotes the lower
portion of a coin chute through which coins de
posited as payment for the use of the apparatus
45 are delivered through a slot lll in the top of a
chamber in the case into a coin box.
It is common practice in the Ause of these de
vices to equip the coin box Il with `a lock l2 vof
any suitable construction so that the .interior of
50 Suchbox is not accessible by the collector and
can only be opened by an authorized'person hav
ing the key to the box. It is essential, however,
that the box shall be provided with means for
preventing tampering therewith whereby coins
might be removed by Ysurreptitious methodaan‘d
end of the linger is cut >on a slant creating a toe 30
26 and a heel 2l, said toe Vbeing adapted to engage
with a shutter actuator 28 in the form of ‘a flange
projecting downwardly from the end of the top
29 of the chamber in the case hereinbefore re
ferred to.Y A retainer 3D is also bent downwardly
from 'the end of the top 29, this retainer being
offset slightly to one side of the actuator 28, as
shown in Figs. 1 and 5 of the drawing, and vfor
a purpose to be hereinafter explained. A lug 3|
projects from the retainer into contact with the
side of the case 8 to prevent the retainer from
being bent out of place. A lip 32 on the lower
end of the retainer creates a groove through
which the finger 2li passes as the box is pushed
into position in the case. VThe shutter is urged to 45
its closed position by a spring 33, shown in dotted
lines in Figs. 5 to ‘7 of the drawing. The top 29
of the chamber for the coin box has an upturned
plate fil serving as a means for attachment of
said top as to a rib 48 extending along the back 50
of the case 8. A detent 3ft is .pivotally mounted
on the closing plate 2l in position to engage the
shutter and hold it in its closed position, as shown
in dotted lines in Fig. 7 of the drawing.v This
-detent has a hub »35 projecting through a Ispring 55
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chamber formed by a cap 36 secured to the under
side of the plate 2| and as shown in Fig. 2 of
the drawing. A spring 31 in said chamber has one
end secured to the cap 36 and its opposite end
secured to the hub 35 whereby the detent is urged
to move toward the shutter and into the positions
shown in dotted lines in Fig. 7 of the drawing. A
resetting notch 38 is formed in the hub 35 as a
means for turning the detent by means of a key
10 inserted in the slot to engage said detent with a
shutter having been retained in a partially open
position by a thin instrument pushed through
the slot I9 after the box has been partially re
moved from the case and before said shutter
has closed said slot, a shoulder or enlargement
42 is formed on the shutter against which the
end of the detent 34 will rest before it reaches
its locked position, as shown in dotted lines in
catch 39 pivotally attached to the plate 2| and
Fig. 7. In this position any pressure applied to
the shutter will be transmitted lengthwise along 10
the detent to the axis of its pivot and it will
having a spring 40 urging it into position to en
gage the detent and as shown in dotted lines in
therefore be impossible to cam the detent back
Wardly and thereby enable the shutter to be
Fig. 5 of the drawing.
An _arcuate slot is formed
15 in the catch to engage a pin 4I projecting from
the plate ZI to limit the movements of the catch,
and as shown in Figs. 5, 6 and 7 of the drawing.
In the operation of the device thus far de
scribed let it be assumed that the coin box is
20 properly arranged for insertion into the case 8,
the cover I4 being secured by the lock I2. The
collector approaching the case 8 opens the door
thereof which will usually be secured by a lock
for which the collector has a key. The back
25 of the coin box is inserted into the opening in
the case as: shown in Fig. 7 and is pushed in
wardly until it reaches the position shown in
Fig. 5 whereupon the toe 28 of the finger 24
engages the actuator 28, up to this time the
30 shutter 23, detent 34 and catch 39 being in the
relative positions shown in dotted lines in Fig. 5,
the slot I9 being closed by the shutter 23. As
the box is pushed fully into the case the shutter
23 is swung to the position shown in Fig. 6 against
35 the tension of the spring. The actuating finger
24 engaging the shutter actuator 28 will be swung
to the position shown in Fig. 6 in which the .
coin slot 22 will be uncovered so that coins may
pass down the chute 9 and be delivered into
40 the coin box. In this opening movement of they
forced back to fully open the slot.
As another means for preventing closing of 15
-the shutter on withdrawal of the box whereby
an instrument might be inserted through the
slot I9 as above described, the heel 2l of the
finger 24 hereinbefore referred to is in line with
the retainer 30 when the box is fully inserted 20
in the case, -and as shown in Fig. 6 of the draw
ing. In this position it will be seen that in order
to pass the retainer and permit withdrawal of
the box the shutter must be allowed to fully
close, else the heel will encounter the retainer 25
and prevent the coin box from being removed.
As a further means for preventing insertion
of a thin tool through the slot I9 and over the
top of the shutter whereby access might be had
to the detent 34 to manipulate said detent to 30
move it from its locked position, as shown in
Fig. 7, a lip 43 is formed bounding the slot I9,
this lip projecting into contact with the upper
surface of the shutter 23 or a plate 44 which
has an upstanding lip 45 resting against the 35
under surface of a boss 46 stamped upwardly
on the cover I4 and as shown in Figs. 1 and 2
of the drawing.
This will effectually prevent
the insertion of a flexible instrument for the
reason that it must pass downwardly under the 40
shutter its end opposite the finger 24 engages
with the detent 34 and pushes it from engage
ment with the catch 39, the detent and catch
having been held in engagement against the tenL
45 sion of their springs and by engagement of the
hooks on the detent and catch, respectively, and
as shown in Fig. 5 of the drawing. When the
detent and catch have been disengaged they will
be caused to assume the positions shown in Fig. 6.
Upon removal of the coin box by the collector
50
from the case the spring 33 will force the shutter
23 to its closed position shown in Fig. 5 and the
spring 31 will cause the detent to follow the
shutter into the position shown in Fig. 7 Where
55 by the shutter is locked in its closed position and
prevents any removal of the coins through the
coin slot 22.
lip 43 and then upwardly into the chamber in
the boss 46, and over the projection 45 it would
The coin box is now delivered to an authorized
shutter in its opened position, a lug projecting
person having a key to the lock I2. This lock
is operated to release the cover I4 and the coins
may be removed from the box. This person
then by the insertion of an instrument in the
slot 38 turns the detent to the position shown
in Fig. 5 whereupon the hooks upon the detent
65 and catch 39 will engage, the detent in this
movement having been cammed past the hook
from said flange into contact with a wall of said
on the: catch 39.
The parts are now in their
relative positions shown in Fig. 5 ready for in
sertion of the box into the case as hereinbefore
70 described.
To prevent tampering with the box and the
unlawful removal of the coins therefrom, as by
the camming back of the detent 34 by a rigid
instrument thrust through the slot I9 in front
of the shutter 23 to fully open the slot, said
thus be practically impossible to project the end
of such instrument into contact with the de
tent 34.
I claim:
45
1. In combination with a case having a cham
ber top extending thereacross with a coin slot
therein and a flange on. one end, a coin box
having a cover with a coin slot therein, a shutter 50
pivotally attached to said cover and having a
finger projecting through the cover and beyond
the end thereof, a shutter actuator projecting
from said flange to engage said finger to move
the shutter to its opened position, a retainer 55
projecting from said flange to engage said finger
and prevent removal of the coin box with the
chamber and for support thereby to prevent dis
tortion of said retainer, a detent pivotally at
60
tached to» the cover, to engage said shutter to
hold it in its closed position, a catch to hold said
detent from engagement with the shutter, and
means for manually releasing said catch from 65
said detent.
2. A top for a coin collection box, said top
comprising a cover having a coin slot therein, a
raised boss on said cover providing a recess in
its under surface adjacent said slot, a shutter 70
pivotally attached to said cover and having a
projection located in said recess to obstruct
movement of a thin tool past said projection, a
detent to engage said shutter to hold it in its
closed position, said detent being shielded by said 75
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projection, a catch to engage said detent to hold
it from engagement with said shutter, and means
for manually releasing said catch from said
detent.
3. A top for a coin collection box, said top com.
prising a cover having a coin slot therein, a boss
raised on said top to provide a recess in the under
3
5. In combination with a case having a cham
ber therein, a top plate secured to the back wall
of said chamber and extending thereacross near
the top with a coin slot therein and a grooved
flange on one end, a coin box having a cover with
a coin slot therein, a shutter pivotally attached
to said cover and having a finger projecting
surface adjacent said slot, a lip at the boundary of
through the cover and beyond the end thereof
said coin slot and located within said recess, a
shutter pivotally attached to said cover and hav
ing a projection located in said recess to obstruct
movement of a thin tool past said projection, a
detent to engage said shutter to hold it in its
into said groove, mechanism within said cover
closed position said detent being shielded by said
15 projection, a catch to hold said detent from en
gagement with said shutter, and means for manu
ally releasing said catch from said detent.
4. In combination with a case having a cham
ber therein to receive a coin box, a rib extending
20 across the back of said chamber, a top plate se
cured to said rib and projecting forwardly there
from and having a coin slot therein, a downwardly
extending ñ‘ange from one end of said top plate
bent to form a groove, a coin box having a cover
25 with a coin slot therein, a shutter pivotally at
tached to said cover and having a projecting
finger positioned to pass into said groove, and
mechanism within said cover acting in coopera
tion with said shutter.
5
co-operating with said-shutter in the operation of
the box, and a lug projecting from said flange
in contact with the wall of said chamber for
support thereby to prevent distortion of said
flange.
6. A top for a coin collection box, said top 15
comprising a cover having a coin slot therein, a
lip at the edge of said coin slot, a raised boss
comprising said lip on said cover and providing a
recess in its under surface adjacent to said slot,
a shutter pivotally attached to said cover and 20
having a lip turned upwardly from one edge
against the under surface of said recess to ob
struct movement of a thin tool past said projec
tion, and a detent to engage said shutter to» hold
it in its closed position, said detent being shielded 25
by said projection from contact with said tool.
GEORGE A. LONG.
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