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July 17, 1962
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Filed May 29, 1961
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Patented July 17, 1962
Earl A. Fresh, 1102 Worden SE., Grand Rapids, Mich.,
assigner of one-third to Ruth A. .Iay and one-third to
Clara 'I'. ûviatt, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Filed May 29, 1961, Ser. No. 113,555
2 Ciahns. (Cl. 29o-45.31)
(FIG. 1). Each panel includes coin pockets 13, these
pockets being formed by the interconnection of the
cover I8, thecoin card 25, and backing material 30._
The cover 18 is `a rectangular sheet of'material made
from -a high grade of paper or a sheet of plastic. The
cover 18 is provided with a plurality of coin openings
19 (FIGS. 3 and 4) aligned in vertical and horizontal
rows. The openings are of a circular configuration and
This invention relates to a coin collecting holder, and
of a size so as to accommodate »a particular coin being
more particularly .to a holder which provides for rapid 10 collected. A point on the periphery of each opening
identification of a coin Without removing the coin from
is provided with a notch 20. The notches -are utilized
the holder.
to facilitate removal of the coins from the holder in la
Many varieties of coin holders are presently in exist
manner which will be explained more fully hereinafter.
ence for use by coin collectors. Coins are minted in
The cover 1S is provided with indicia 21 under each of
various locations throughout the United States, «and are
the coin openings 19 to provide rapid identification of
provided with an identifying mark 'to designate this
the coin. These indicia may include the year of the coin
location. On many coins, this designating mark is on
which occupies the particular opening, together with the
the back of the coin whereas the year in which the coin
mint designation of the coin, the material of which it is
is minted appears on the facev of the coin. Existing coin
constructed and the quantity of this type of coin minted.
holders are provided with slots or pockets in which the 20 The manner of placing these indicia is illustrated in
coin is inserted `and held in position. ` The coins are in
serted so that they normally »appear face up. However,
to fully identify the coin, both as to year and mint, it is
necessary to remove «the coin from the holder to check
FIG. l.
The coin card 25l is also best illustrated in FIGS.` 3
and 4. LIt may be constructed from a material isuch Vas
cardboard and be composed ~`of two or more layers 25a
the designation on the back of the coin. To do this, it 25 and 25h connected together by adhesives in' a conven
is necessary to force the coin out of the slot for examina
tional manner. lThe tot-al thickness of the coin card is
tion. This results in damage to the holder and also is
substantially the same «as or slightly greater than the
cumbersome and time-consuming.
thickness of the coin to be received by the card. The
The present invention overcomes this problem by pro
card 25 is provided with ag plurality of coin slot-s 26
viding the slot or pocket in which `the coin is held with 30 which are aligned with thel coin openings formed in the
an `aperture positioned such that the mint designation on
cover 18. _The coin slots 26 are otherwise similar in
the back of the coin is visible. Thus, .the coin can b_e
size and design to the coin openings 19. Each of the
fully identified without removing it from the holder.
coin slots 26 is provided with a notch 27 which is aligned
Another object of this invention is to provide a coin
with the notch formed in the cover.
holder having a recess associated with the coin receptive 35 `The backing 30 is preferably comprised of the same
pockets to facilitate removal of the coin.
material as the cover 18. If a single panelis to be uti
Still another object of this invention is to provide a
lized, it is made the same size as the cover. However,
coin holder with corresponding indicia on the front and
if several panels are to be utilized, it may be made two
back to provide for easy identification of ‘the coin.
¿or .three times as wide as the coin card, sothat several
ri`hese and other objects and advantages of this inven 40 cards may be iixed to the backing material. The cards
tion will be explained more fully upon reading the specifi
are spaced from one another when fixed to the backing
cation in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
material providing a fold line 32 (FIG. 1) which allows
In the drawings:
the panel 12 to be folded upon the panel 3S, and so on
- FIG. l is a top plan view of the coin holder comprising
as `several panels «are utilized. The backing material is
this invention;
45 provided with a plurality of apertures 31 which are
FIG. 2 is a bottom View of the coin holder shown in
a-ligned with the coin slots 26 formed in the coin card.
FIG. 1;
FIG. 3 is -a cross sectional View taken along the sec
'Ihe »apertures 31 are only a fraction of the size of a coin
slot. They are made only big enough so as to be yable
Briefly, the holder of this invention is comprised of
cover 1S.
tion line III-III of FIG. l; and
to clearly identify the mint designation on the coin. The
FIG. 4 is a fragmentary, exploded, perspective view 50 backing material is provided with indicia 33 (FIG. 2)
of the coin holder.
which correspond with the indicia 21 appearing on the
a card including `a plurality of coin receiving slots.
Assembly and Operation
Backing material »is placed on the card and provides a
bottom for the slots which form pockets for retaining 55 The coin holder 10 is assembled by atlixing the cover
1S to the coin card 25 by an appropriate adhesive, and
the coins. The backing material is provided with aper
then similarly atiix-ing the coin card and cover ,to the '
tures which communicate with the pockets. The aper
backing material 30. In aftixing the cover -to the coin
tures are positioned such that when the coins are placed
card, the notches 20 in the cover 18 must be aligned with
in the pockets, the mint designations on the back of the
coins are visible. The year in which the particular coin 60 the notches 27 in the coin card 25. Also, the coin card
must be añ‘ìxed to the backing 30 such that the apertures
was made appears on the face of the coin and is readily
31 in the backing communicate with the coin slots.
visible. The card may be provided with a cover having
‘When the lmembers are assembled the backing material
openings which correspond with the coin receiving slots
30 operates as a bottom for the coin slots 19 and 26 thus
formed in the card. The cover may be provided with
indicia for rapid identification of the coin. Correspond 65 forming the pockets 13 (FIGS. 1 »and 3). If a coin col
lecting folder is to be made, the assembly is as indicated
ing indicia may -be placed on the back of the card to
above and several coin cards and covers are ?ìxed at
further facilitate identification.
intervals on the backing material 311.
Referring more specifically to the drawings, the coin
`the coin 40 is inserted in the coin slot
holder assembly of this invention is designated by the
as illustrated in FIG. 1. As an
reference numeral 10. The assembly 1i) may include
example, the indicia 21 state that the particular coin 40
a series of interconnected panels such as 12 and 35
is of the 1944 mintage, was minted in Philadelphia, is
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the Vcoin and is readily visible.
' receiving coins; said openings having a diameter the size
of the coins received therein and frictionally engaging
the periphery of said coins land retaining the same; a
backing layer secured to said card layer to close one side
lThe ‘aperture 31 formed in the backing material is
Y placed Ysuch that the mint identiiication P, designated as
of each of said lopenings Vand forming circular pockets
for said coins; said backing layer contacting said coins
in said openings to support said coins; said backing layer
41, is readily apparent from the/backy otV «the holder.
Thus, ¿the year of the kcoin may be determined `from the
front and the mint >designation' by merely turning over
the coin holder and viewing the back. The indicia 33
correspond with the indicia 31 so that the user knows
that he is viewing the same coin. Full identiiication of
the coin is thus -rnade Without the necessity of removing
lthejcoin from the holder. ’
having »a plurality of peep-hole apertures one for each
If the collector is going to sell the coin, or for some
other reason Wishes to remove the coinV from the holder,
the means provided by the ynotches 20 and 27 enables
one to «insert a tool under the coin to> pry it from the coin
pocket 13.
card layer having a plurality of through circular openings
made from silver and there were 119.2 million of these
coins minted. 'I‘he year 1944 `appears on the face ot">
of said pockets; said peep~hole apertures being substan
tially smaller than said openings but suñiciently large
to enable observation of Iany mint designation on the
back side of said coins; said peep-hole apertures being
eccentric with respect to said circular pockets and being
located adjacent the periphery thereof :at positions cor
responding vto `the positions of the mint designationson
the back side of the coins wherein said mint designations
are visible through the peep-hole apertures and `all per
tinent data on both sides of the coin are visible Without
vFrom the above description, the advantages of this
invention become apparent.- The coins placed' in the 20 necessitating removal of coins from said holder and
simultaneously ñrm support yfor the coins is provided
holder Iare readily identifiable Without removingV them
from’the holder.
This saves a great deal of time and
Without necessitating special removable cover means.
for removing the coin without the necessity of pushing
on the backing resulting in possible damage to- the holder
2. The coin holder of claim -l in which indicia desig
nating the year and mint of a coin are printed adjacent
each peep-hole aperture on the exposed side of the back
ing, that is the side from which the mint. designation on
material. 4Also, an instrument may be inserted in the
said coins is visible through said peep-hole aperture.
energy previously expended in identifying coins.
notches formed in the coin pockets provide a means
aperture formed inthe backing material to press against
a coin for removal it the pockets are not provided with
notches. Thus, the coin can still he removed without ' 30
damage to the holder.
Whilea preferred embodiment of this invention has
been described, `it will be understood that modifications
»and improvements maybe made thereto. Such of these
References Cited in the tile of this patent
Bellis ______ ___ ..... __ Mar. 22, 1887
Mordecai ___________ __ Apr. 29, 1924
Beistle _______________ __ July 9, 1929
modiíications and improvements as incorporate the prin 35 1,827,888
ciples of »this invention are to be considered as included
in the hereinafter ìappended claims unless these claims
by their language expressly state otherwise.
I claim:
1. .A laminated coin holder comprising: Vat least one
Greer _______________ __ Oct. 20, 1931
Irelan et al. ____ ________ May 21, 1935
Cramer _et al.l _________ __ May 13, 1941
Buranelli ______________ __ Oct` 7, 1941
Grant ____ ____ _`_ ____ __ May 11, 1943
Patent No. 3,044,606
July 17, 1962
corrected below.
In the grant, lines 2 and 1'2, and in the heading to the
read ~-- Ruth
A, Joy ---. line 4, for "Ruth A., Jay", each occurrenc
Signed and sealed this 4th day of December 1962.
Attesting Officer
Commissioner of Patents
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