United States Patent 3592204

A change holder to be carried in the pocket or purse which is designed to carry a plurality of coins ranging from one cent to fifty cent pieces. The change holder is formed primarily of two pieces of molded plastic material and has a round shape with the coins carried in compartments inside the circumference of the holder. The coins are retained in these compartments by an elliptical base member and resilient pins which partially block the coin slot entrances.

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206/.84, 206/37
International Classes:
A45C1/02; G07D9/00; (IPC1-7): G07D1/00
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US Patent References:
3242930Bill fold and coin holder1966-03-29Wilner
2569629Coin-holding device1951-10-02Everitt
2539648Pocket coin holding and delivering device1951-01-30Wirk

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Primary Examiner:
Coleman, Samuel F.
I claim

1. A coin holder executed entirely in plastic, said holder consisting of:


Coins which are loose in the pocket or purse are subject to being lost or dropped when a person is looking for a coin of a particular value. Also, it is hard to quickly select a coin of any given value out of a pocket or purse full of coins. The present invention therefore seeks to overcome this difficulty by providing a change holder which is inexpensive to manufacture and from which the user may select any given value coin or multiple thereof.

Referring now to the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is an elevation of the change holder as viewed from the top;

FIG. 2 is an elevation of the base member with the top removed;

FIG. 3 is a side elevation of the change holder;

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional elevation taken along lines 4-4 of FIG. 1;

FIG. 5 is a partial elevation of one of the coin pockets taken from lines 5-5 of FIG. 3.

Referring now to the drawing and particularly FIGS. 1 and 2, the change holder is molded of a plastic material in two parts, a body member 1 including a vertical wall 1a and a top member 2. The body member 1 comprises five (5) coin compartments (designated 3a through 3e), and is generally elliptical in shape to accommodate the five different sized compartments. This shape being necessary in order to provide a small change holder that will easily fit in a pocket or purse which will also be strong but not bulky.

At the coin slot entrance to each of the compartments 3 are two resilient pins 4. These pins 4 may be placed upon spaced shoulders 6 in the body member 1 or in the top member 2 or both depending upon the method of manufacture and the material of which these parts are cast. It may also be desirable to cast small openings in the base member 1 or top member 2 and insert these small pins 4 separately.

After the top and base members have been cast they are joined by any suitable method which will be dependent upon the material used or by choice, such as by glueing, sonic welding or by pins which interlock between the top member 2 and base member 1 and cause these two members to snap together.

Coins of different denominations are of different sizes and in order to have a change holder which is absent of springs or other retaining devices a definite ratio of coins must be attained in order to attain the maximum utility of the change holder while also attaining the minimum size. In order to accomplish these goals, the present invention places the compartments 3 for the coins in numerical order, and casts the base member 1 so that the compartments 3, when full, will allow for even filling of each of said compartments by coins of different sizes.

Roughened gripping surfaces 5 are formed on the top member 2 and on the bottom of the base member 1, so that the change holder may be firmly grasped and not dropped when coins are being removed.