Bill escrow and storage apparatus for vending machine
Currency reception and storage device
Apparatus for discriminating paper money and stacking the same
Bill money changer for slot machines Patent #: 4966304
ApplicationNo. 855427 filed on 03/23/1992
US Classes:194/206, By pliant currency (e.g., dollar bill, etc.)271/181Packing sheets on-edge into receiver
ExaminersPrimary: Bartuska, F. J.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassesG07F 007/04
AbstractA currency handling system comprises a stand alone apparatus that includes a currency acceptor, a currency stacker with a separate, removable currency cassette and a coin feeding device. The currency acceptor is mounted on the inside of a hinged door to allow easy access for maintenance. The currency acceptor is positioned in operable relationship to the currency stacker so that currency exiting the currency acceptor feeds directly into stacking position. A currency positioning plate is connected to a drive motor and the currency is pushed by the positioning plate into the currency cassette mounted in the currency stacker. The currency cassette is a separate removable component that includes a biasing element. When the currency cassette is full and this condition is detected by the sensors, the currency cassette is simply replaced in toto, and an empty currency cassette is inserted into the currency stacker. The currency handling system also includes a coin feeding device that dispenses loose coin into a coin tray located on the front of the apparatus for access by the user. An alternate version of the present invention eliminates the coin feeding device. Instead the currency acceptor is electronically connected to an adjacent gaming device and a signal is sent to the credit meter of the gaming device allocating user credits on the credit meter of the gaming device corresponding to the value of the currency inserted by the user.