Apparatus and method for separating and rejecting coins

CAFC
  • US 5,988,349 A
  • Filed: 05/22/1992
  • Issued: 11/23/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/27/1987
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of removing a coin of a selected diameter from a primary coin race and into a secondary coin race, comprising:

  • (a) inserting a coin of a selected diameter into a downwardly inclined primary coin race having walls dimensioned to retain said coin in a substantially on-edge orientation, said coin race having an aperture in a wall of said race dimensioned to pass coins of said selected diameter, said aperture in communication with a downwardly inclined secondary coin race having walls dimensioned to retain said coins of a selected diameter in a substantially on-edge orientation; and

    (b) aligning said coin with said aperture and directing said coin of selected diameter through said aperture while maintaining said coin in its substantially on-edge orientation by(i) pivoting said coin on its vertical axis by applying a lateral force to the leading edge of said coin with a curvilinear protrusion extending into said race and adjacent said aperture, said curvilinear protrusion configured to align the leading edge of said coin with said aperture; and

    (ii) simultaneously controlling the lateral movement of the trailing edge of said coin to maintain the alignment of the leading edge of said coin with said aperture.

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