Title:
Coin redemption system
United States Patent RE44252


Abstract:
According to one embodiment of the present invention, a coin redemption system, in which a user deposits a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations, comprises a coin input area for receiving a batch of mixed coins from a user of the coin redemption system, a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the coins received from the user, a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins, a first printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined value and the assigned transaction number, an output device disposed in a redemption area for displaying the assigned transaction number and the determined value.



Inventors:
Jones, William J. (Barrington, IL, US)
Mennie, Douglas U. (Barrington, IL, US)
Knoll, Jeffrey G. (Carol Stream, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/805863
Publication Date:
06/04/2013
Filing Date:
05/23/2007
Assignee:
Cummins-Allison Corp. (Mt. Prospect, IL, US)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
G07F7/00; G07D3/16; G07D9/00; G07F17/42; G07G5/00
Field of Search:
194/217, 194/215, 194/216, 209/534, 235/378, 235/379, 235/380, 186/35, 186/37, 705/64, 705/72, 705/77, 705/79, 902/1, 902/4, 902/5, 902/22, 902/23, 902/25
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5988348Coin discrimination apparatus and methodNovember, 1999Martin et al.194/317
5982918Automatic funds processing systemNovember, 1999Mennie et al.382/135
5966456Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsOctober, 1999Jones et al.382/135
5960103Method and apparatus for authenticating and discriminating currencySeptember, 1999Graves et al.382/135
5957262Coin counter dejamming method and apparatusSeptember, 1999Molbak et al.194/200
5951476Method for detecting brain microhemorrhageSeptember, 1999Beach et al.600/437
5947255Method of discriminating paper notesSeptember, 1999Shimada et al.194/207
5944600Process for emptying the tray space of flat-running coin-counting and coin-sorting machinesAugust, 1999Zimmermann435/10
5943655Cash settlement machineAugust, 1999Jacobsen705/30
5940844Method and apparatus for displaying electronic image of a checkAugust, 1999Cahill et al.707/526
5940623Software loading system for a coin wrapperAugust, 1999Watts et al.395/712
5938044Method and apparatus for discriminating and off-sorting currency by seriesAugust, 1999Weggesser209/534
5926550Peripheral device preventing post-scan modificationJuly, 1999Davis380/25
5918748Automatic teller machinesJuly, 1999Clark et al.209/534
5913399Coin handling mechanism for supplying coins to coin game machines and collecting coins therefrom and gaming facility having the sameJune, 1999Takemoto et al.194/200
5912982Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsJune, 1999Munro et al.382/135
5909794Donation transaction method and apparatusJune, 1999Molbak et al.194/216
5909793Coin counter prize-awarding method and apparatus using promotional coinsJune, 1999Beach et al.194/210
5909503Method and apparatus for currency discriminator and authenticatorJune, 1999Graves et al.382/135
5909502Software loading system for a currency scannerJune, 1999Mazur382/135
5905810Automatic currency processing systemMay, 1999Jones et al.382/135
5892827Method and apparatus for generating personal identification numbers for use in consumer transactionsApril, 1999Beach et al.380/24
5892211Transaction system comprising a first transportable integrated circuit device, a terminal, and a security deviceApril, 1999Davis et al.235/380
5880444Interactive I/O terminalMarch, 1999Shibata et al.235/379
5875259Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsFebruary, 1999Mennie et al.382/135
5870487Method and apparatus for discriminting and counting documentsFebruary, 1999Graves et al.382/135
5867589Method and apparatus for document identificationFebruary, 1999Graves et al.382/135
5865673Coin sorterFebruary, 1999Geib et al.453/10
5854581Transaction processing system and transaction processing methodDecember, 1998Mori et al.235/379
5852811Method for managing financial accounts by a preferred allocation of funds among accountsDecember, 1998Atkins705/36
5850076Automated transaction apparatusDecember, 1998Morioka et al.235/379
5842916Method and apparatus for conditioning coins prior to discriminationDecember, 1998Gerrity et al.453/57
5842188Unattended automated system for selling and dispensing with change dispensing capabilityNovember, 1998Ramsey et al.705/416
5838812Tokenless biometric transaction authorization systemNovember, 1998Pare, Jr. et al.382/115
5832463Automated system and method for checkless check transactionNovember, 1998Funk705/35
5832104Method and apparatus for document identificationNovember, 1998Graves et al.382/135
5830054Coin handling systemNovember, 1998Petri453/5
5823874Method of playing game and gaming device with an additional payout indicatorOctober, 1998Adams463/17
5823315Coin detector and identifier apparatus and methodOctober, 1998Hoffman et al.194/203
5822448Method and apparatus for currency discriminationOctober, 1998Graves et al.382/135
5815592Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsSeptember, 1998Mennie et al.382/135
5813510Currency and coin-activated drop safeSeptember, 1998Rademacher194/206
5806650Currency discriminator having a jam detection and clearing mechanism and method of clearing a jamSeptember, 1998Mennie et al.194/206
5799767Cleaning apparatus and method for a coin counter and voucher dispenserSeptember, 1998Molbak194/217
5790697Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsAugust, 1998Munro et al.382/135
5790693Currency discriminator and authenticatorAugust, 1998Graves et al.382/135
5788573Electronic game method and apparatus with hierarchy of simulated wheelsAugust, 1998Baerlocher et al.463/16
5782686Disc coin sorter with slotted exit channelsJuly, 1998Geib et al.453/10
5781654Check authentication system utilizing payee informationJuly, 1998Carney382/137
5774874Multi-merchant gift registryJune, 1998Veeneman et al.705/27
5761089Counterfeit document detection apparatusJune, 1998Mcinerny364/550
5754673Document image processing system including a first document path for the automated processing of documents and a second document path for the processing of documents requiring operator correctionMay, 1998Brooks et al.382/112
5751842Document transaction apparatusMay, 1998Riach et al.382/137
5751840Method and apparatus for currency discriminationMay, 1998Raterman et al.382/135
5746299Coin counter dejamming method and apparatusMay, 1998Molbak et al.194/200
5743373Coin discrimination sensor and coin handling systemApril, 1998Strauts194/318
5729623Pattern recognition apparatus and method of optimizing mask for pattern recognition according to genetic algorithmMarch, 1998Omatu et al.382/155
5727667Machine for validating checks and authenticating paper moneyMarch, 1998Nye194/207
5724438Method of generating modified patterns and method and apparatus for using the same in a currency identification systemMarch, 1998Graves382/135
5719948Apparatus and methods for fluorescent imaging and optical character readingFebruary, 1998Liang382/112
5704491Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsJanuary, 1998Graves209/534
5696366Method for streamlining the giving of contribution and gift commitmentsDecember, 1997Ziarno235/380
5692067Method and apparatus for currency discrimination and countingNovember, 1997Raterman et al.382/135
5687963Method and apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsNovember, 1997Mennie271/119
5684597Method and device for coin diameter discriminationNovember, 1997Hossfield et al.356/384
5680472Apparatus and method for use in an automatic determination of paper currency denominationsOctober, 1997Conant382/135
5679070Coin payout deviceOctober, 1997Ishida et al.453/41
5678046Method and apparatus for distributing files on a file storage deviceOctober, 1997Cahill et al.395/616
5665952Method of streamlining the acknowledgement of a multiplicity of contribution or gift commitments made at a plurality of remote locations to distinct fund-raising organizations and gift recipients and system thereforSeptember, 1997Ziarno235/380
5657846Currency validator with split housingAugust, 1997Schwartz194/206
5652802Method and apparatus for document identificationJuly, 1997Graves et al.382/135
5652421Method and apparatus for generating gift certificatesJuly, 1997Veeneman et al.235/381
5650761Cash alternative transaction systemJuly, 1997Gomm et al.235/381
5650605Automated transaction apparatusJuly, 1997Morioka et al.235/379
5641050Dispensing machine with data card scanner apparatus and enhanced featuresJune, 1997Smith et al.194/210
5640463Method and apparatus for authenticating documents including currencyJune, 1997Csulits382/135
5637845Credit and bank issued debit card operated system and method for controlling a prepaid card encoding/dispensing machineJune, 1997Kolls235/381
5633949Method and apparatus for currency discriminationMay, 1997Graves et al.382/135
5630494Coin discrimination sensor and coin handling systemMay, 1997Strauts194/317
5620079Coin counter/sorter and coupon/voucher dispensing machine and method1997-04-15Molbak194/217
5625562Internal bar code reading apparatusApril, 1997Veeneman et al.364/479.05
5623547Value transfer systemApril, 1997Jones et al.380/24
5623427Nondestructive anodic capacity gaugeApril, 1997Jones et al.705/68
5611377Fuel filter drainer1997-03-18Maguire141/98
5615280Apparatus for recording symbols printed on documents or the likeMarch, 1997Izawa et al.382/135
5607040Currency counter-feit detection deviceMarch, 1997Mathurin, Sr.194/207
5602936Method of and apparatus for document data recaptureFebruary, 1997Green et al.382/140
5602933Method and apparatus for verification of remotely accessed dataFebruary, 1997Blackwell et al.382/116
5600732Document image analysis methodFebruary, 1997Ott et al.382/112
5592377Check cashing systemJanuary, 1997Lipkin395/242
5586036Postage payment system with security for sensitive mailer data and enhanced carrier data functionalityDecember, 1996Pintsov364/464
5584763Arcade game having multiple rotating pointersDecember, 1996Kelly et al.463/16
5584758Disc-type coin sorter with adjustable targeting insertsDecember, 1996Geib453/10
5573457Coin Wrapping system with touch screen deviceNovember, 1996Watts et al.453/31
5570465Apparatus, method and system for printing of legal currency and negotiable instrumentsOctober, 1996Tsakanikas395/114
5564978Apparatus and method for terminating coin sorting using pressureless exit channels and immediate stoppingOctober, 1996Jones et al.453/17
5564974Coin sorting system with touch screen deviceOctober, 1996Mazur et al.453/10
5564546Coin counter/sorter and coupon/voucher dispensing machine and methodOctober, 1996Molbak et al.194/216
5559887Collection of value from stored value systemsSeptember, 1996Davis et al.380/24
5553320Automatic cash transaction machineSeptember, 1996Matsuura et al.235/379
5545885Method and apparatus for detecting and identifying coded magnetic patterns on genuine articles such as bank notesAugust, 1996Jagielinski235/449
5544086Information consolidation within a transaction networkAugust, 1996Davis et al.705/68
5544043Check processing equipmentAugust, 1996Miki et al.364/406
5542881Coin sorting mechanism having dual recycle channelsAugust, 1996Geib453/10
5542880Coin handling system with shunting mechanismAugust, 1996Geib et al.453/10
5538468Coin sorting apparatus with rotating discJuly, 1996Ristvedt et al.453/3
5537486High-speed document verification systemJuly, 1996Stratigos et al.382/137
5530772Apparatus and method for testing bank notes for genuineness using Fourier transform analysisJune, 1996Storey382/135
5523575Image identifying apparatus using an image sensor to extract false image data from a document image and discriminate the image by comparing the false image data to a predetermined patternJune, 1996Machida et al.
5520577System for transporting and stacking coinsMay, 1996Rasmussen453/56
5514034Apparatus and method for terminating coin sorting using pressureless exit channels and immediate stoppingMay, 1996Jones et al.453/10
D369984Apparatus for discriminating and counting documentsMay, 1996LarsenD10/97
5507379Coin handling system with coin sensor discriminatorApril, 1996Mazur et al.194/318
5506691Method and apparatus for image processing at remote sitesApril, 1996Bednar et al.358/402
5504822Character recognition systemApril, 1996Holt382/218
5501631Coin handling device with an improved lubrication systemMarch, 1996Mennie et al.453/3
5500514Method and apparatus for generating gift certificatesMarch, 1996Veeneman et al.235/381
5489237Coin queuing and sorting arrangementFebruary, 1996Geib et al.453/12
5488671Reducing operator balancing in a document processing system employing automatic readingJanuary, 1996Kern382/138
5486067Apparatus and method for marking a surfaceJanuary, 1996Huynh et al.
5481377Image processing with anti-forgery functionJanuary, 1996Udagawa et al.358/501
5480348Coin handling system with controlled coin dischargeJanuary, 1996Mazur et al.453/10
5476169Bill discriminating apparatus for bill handling machineDecember, 1995Takarada et al.194/207
5474497Method for terminating coin sorting using pressureless exit channels and immediate stoppingDecember, 1995Jones et al.453/17
5474495Coin handling deviceDecember, 1995Geib et al.453/3
5470079Game machine accounting and monitoring systemNovember, 1995LeStrange et al.273/138A
5468971Verification device for currency containing an embedded security threadNovember, 1995Ebstein et al.250/556
5468182Disc-type coin sorter with adjustable targeting insertsNovember, 1995Geib453/10
5467406Method and apparatus for currency discriminationNovember, 1995Graves et al.382/135
5467405Method and apparatus for currency discrimination and countingNovember, 1995Raterman et al.382/135
5465821Sheet discriminating apparatusNovember, 1995Akioka194/207
5465301Security threadsNovember, 1995Jotcham et al.380/54
5459304Smart card techniques for motor vehicle record administrationOctober, 1995Eisenmann235/380
5453601Electronic-monetary systemSeptember, 1995Rosen235/379
5453047Coin handling systemSeptember, 1995Mazur et al.453/10
5450938Card or cash actuated vending machine assemblySeptember, 1995Rademacher194/206
5444794Check image capture systemAugust, 1995Uhland, Sr.382/137
5444793Method for detecting machine printed monetary amounts in binary imagesAugust, 1995Kelland382/138
5440108System and method for dispensing and revalung cash cardsAugust, 1995Tran et al.235/381
5438184Method and apparatus for electronic cash transactionsAugust, 1995Roberts et al.235/380
5437357Bill identification apparatusAugust, 1995Ota et al.194/206
5434427Currency verification deviceJuly, 1995Crane et al.250/556
5430664Document counting and batching apparatus with counterfeit detectionJuly, 1995Cargill et al.364/550
5429550Coin handling system with controlled coin dischargeJuly, 1995Mazur et al.453/10
5425669Coin queuing and sorting arrangementJune, 1995Geib et al.453/10
5421443Bill processing unitJune, 1995Hatamachie et al.914/206
5419424Currency paper security thread verification deviceMay, 1995Harbaugh194/206
5418458Apparatus and method for authentication of documents printed with magnetic inkMay, 1995Jeffers324/235
5417316Capacitive verification device for a security thread embedded within currency paperMay, 1995Harbaugh194/206
RE34934Coin sorter with counter and brake mechanismMay, 1995Raterman et al.453/10
5410590Monitoring system for remote devicesApril, 1995Blood et al.379/147
5404986Method and apparatus for discriminating and collecting coinsApril, 1995Hossfield et al.194/317
5402895Magnetic facing systemApril, 1995Mikkelsen et al.209/534
5401211Disc coin sorter with positive guide wall between exit channelsMarch, 1995Geib et al.453/10
5399874Currency paper verification and denomination device having a clear image and a blurred imageMarch, 1995Gonsalves et al.250/556
5394969Capacitance-based verification device for a security thread embedded within currency paperMarch, 1995Harbaugh194/206
5390776Device for routing coinsFebruary, 1995Thompson194/346
5382191Coin queuing device and power rail sorterJanuary, 1995Rasmussen453/11
5381019Currency validator using a photocoupler for image recognition using cylindrical lensJanuary, 1995Sato250/556
5379875Coin discriminator and acceptor arrangementJanuary, 1995Shames et al.194/317
5379344Smart card validation device and methodJanuary, 1995Larson et al.380/23
5374814Cash transaction machine and method with money disinfectionDecember, 1994Kako et al.235/379
5373550Transmission of check images by way of a public switched telephone networkDecember, 1994Campbell et al.379/100
5372542Disc coin sorter with improved exit channelDecember, 1994Geib et al.453/10
5371798System and method for enhancing detection of counterfeit financial transaction documentsDecember, 1994McWhortor380/51
5371345Gaming machine change systemDecember, 1994LeStrange et al.235/380
5370575Coin sorting mechanismDecember, 1994Geib et al.453/3
5368147Testing device for bank notesNovember, 1994Menke et al.194/206
5367577Optical testing for genuineness of bank notes and similar paper billsNovember, 1994Gotaas382/7
5363949Bill recognizing apparatusNovember, 1994Matsubayashi194/206
5342165Sheet handling apparatusAugust, 1994Graef et al.
5341408Control system for currenty counterAugust, 1994Melcher et al.377/8
5335292Document processing system and methodAugust, 1994Lovelady et al.382/17
5326104Secure automated electronic casino gaming systemJuly, 1994Pease et al.273/138A
5324922Apparatus and method for managing transactionsJune, 1994Roberts235/375
5321238Banking apparatus for processing the bill and the checkJune, 1994Kamata et al.235/379
5317140Diffusion-assisted position location particularly for visual pen detectionMay, 1994Dunthorn250/221
5309515Currency note width detectorMay, 1994Troung et al.382/7
5308992Currency paper and banknote verification deviceMay, 1994Crane et al.250/556
5304813Apparatus for the optical recognition of documentsApril, 1994DeMan250/556
5302811Point of sale apparatus including a depositing/withdrawing apparatusApril, 1994Fukatsu235/381
5299977Coin handling systemApril, 1994Mazur et al.453/10
5297986Coin sorting apparatus with rotating discMarch, 1994Ristvedt et al.453/6
5297598Coin bag holding device for coin handling machinesMarch, 1994Rasmussen141/314
5297030Method using bill and coin images on a touch screen for processing payment for merchandise itemsMarch, 1994Vassigh et al.364/405
5295196Method and apparatus for currency discrimination and countingMarch, 1994Raterman et al.382/135
5293981Coin sorting device in which unnecessary material can be readily removed from a sorting passageMarch, 1994Abe et al.194/345
5291560Biometric personal identification system based on iris analysisMarch, 1994Daugman382/2
5291003Modular cash card system designMarch, 1994Avnet et al.235/381
5286954Banking terminal having cash dispenser and automatic depository functionsFebruary, 1994Sato et al.235/379
5286226Disc-type coin sorterFebruary, 1994Rasmussen453/10
5282127Centralized control system for terminal deviceJanuary, 1994Mii364/130
5279403Microwave security thread detectorJanuary, 1994Harbaugh et al.194/207
5277651Coin sorter with automatic bag-switching or stoppingJanuary, 1994Rasmussen et al.453/10
5268561Ticket issuing apparatusDecember, 1993Kimura et al.235/384
5265874Cashless gaming apparatus and methodNovember, 1993Dickinson et al.273/138A
5265008Method of and system for electronic funds transfer via facsimile with image processing verificationNovember, 1993Benton et al.364/408
5263566Coin discriminating apparatusNovember, 1993Nara et al.194/318
5261518Combined conductivity and magnetic currency validatorNovember, 1993Bryce194/206
5253167Remote maintenance/supervisory system and method for automated teller machinesOctober, 1993Yoshida et al.364/408
5252811Device, system and method for increasing saving account participation and investment by small investorsOctober, 1993Henochowicz et al.235/379
5252167Method for applying signature to identify cardsOctober, 1993Yoshida et al.364/408
5251738Currency handling systemOctober, 1993Dabrowski194/206
5243174Method and apparatus for generating gift certificatesSeptember, 1993Veeneman et al.235/381
5239593Optical pattern recognition using detector and locator neural networksAugust, 1993Wittner et al.382/14
5237158Image-based document processing system providing for priority document shipmentAugust, 1993Kern et al.235/379
5236071Apparatus for detecting coins and method thereofAugust, 1993Lee194/200
5231381Data processing system with a touch screen and a digitizing tablet, both integrated in an input deviceJuly, 1993Duwaer340/712
5209696Coin sorting mechanismMay, 1993Rasmussen et al.453/10
5207788Feed arrangement for currency handling machinesMay, 1993Geib et al.271/122
5207784Vending machine with monitoring systemMay, 1993Schwartzendruber221/6
5205780Disc-type coin sorter with eccentric feedApril, 1993Rasmussen453/10
5201395Bill examination deviceApril, 1993Takizawa et al.194/206
5199543Apparatus for and method of discriminating billApril, 1993Kamagami et al.194/207
5198976Multifunction interactive automatic bowling alley system utilizing a touch screen consoleMarch, 1993Form et al.364/410
5197919Disc-type coin sorter with movable bearing surfaceMarch, 1993Geib et al.453/10
5194037Disc-type coin sorting mechanism for sorting coins by radial locations of the inner edges of the coinsMarch, 1993Jones et al.453/10
5193121Courtesy amount read and transaction balancing systemMarch, 1993Elischer et al.382/7
5187750Archival document image processing and printing systemFebruary, 1993Behera382/7
5186334Bank note handling apparatus of a recirculating typeFebruary, 1993Fukudome et al.209/534
5184709Coin selectorFebruary, 1993Nishiumi et al.194/318
5184115Touch-screen arrangementFebruary, 1993Black et al.340/708
5183142Automated cashier systemFebruary, 1993Latchinian et al.194/206
5179517Game machine data transfer system utilizing portable data unitsJanuary, 1993Sarbin et al.364/410
5176565Coin sorting apparatus with rotating discJanuary, 1993Ristvedt et al.453/6
5175416Funds transfer systemDecember, 1992Mansvelt et al.235/379
5167313Method and apparatus for improved coin, bill and other currency acceptance and slug or counterfeit rejectionDecember, 1992Dobbins et al.194/317
5163868Powered rail coin sorterNovember, 1992Adams et al.453/11
5163867Disc-type coin sorter with multiple-path queuingNovember, 1992Rasmussen453/10
5163866Disc-type coin sorter with multiple-path queuingNovember, 1992Rasmussen453/10
5163672Bill transport and stacking mechanism for currency handling machinesNovember, 1992Mennie271/187
5159548Apparatus and method for priority processing of financial documents using video image captureOctober, 1992Caslavka364/408
5154272Controller for an automatic vending machineOctober, 1992Nishiumi et al.194/318
5151607Currency verification device including ferrous oxide detectionSeptember, 1992Crane et al.250/556
5146512Method and apparatus for utilizing multiple data fields for character recognitionSeptember, 1992Weideman et al.382/30
5146067Prepayment metering system using encoded purchase cards from multiple locationsSeptember, 1992Sloan et al.235/381
5145455Wave-type coin sorterSeptember, 1992Todd453/6
5144115Transaction inquiring method and apparatusSeptember, 1992Yoshida235/379
5141472Disc-type coin sorter with adjustable gaging deviceAugust, 1992Todd et al.453/10
5141443Coin sorter with automatic bag-switching or stoppingAugust, 1992Rasmussen et al.453/10
5140517IC card with keyboard for prestoring transaction dataAugust, 1992Nagata et al.364/408
5135435System for transporting and stacking coinsAugust, 1992Rasmussen453/56
5135115Document sorter and stacker, particularly for document processorsAugust, 1992Miller et al.209/564
5134663Center line magnetic ink character recognition systemJuly, 1992Kozlowski382/7
5129205Automatic adjustment device for a coin wrapping mechanismJuly, 1992Rasmussen53/52
5123873Coin sorter with automatic bag-switchingJune, 1992Rasmussen453/10
5122754Sensor for verification of genuineness of security paperJune, 1992Gotaas324/676
5120945Transaction recording system and methodJune, 1992Nishibe et al.235/379
5120944Image-based document processing system providing enhanced workstation balancingJune, 1992Kern et al.235/379
5114381Coin feeding apparatus for coin handling machineMay, 1992Ueda et al.453/57
5111927Automated recycling machineMay, 1992Schulze194/209
5106338Coin sorting mechanismApril, 1992Rasmussen et al.453/10
5105601Feeder of wrapping paper for coin wrapping machineApril, 1992Horiguchi et al.53/465
5104353Coin sorting apparatus with rotating discApril, 1992Ristvedt et al.453/6
5091961Magnetic ink character decoderFebruary, 1992Baus, Jr.382/7
5091713Inventory, cash, security, and maintenance control apparatus and method for a plurality of remote vending machinesFebruary, 1992Horne et al.340/541
5080633Coin sorting apparatus with rotating discJanuary, 1992Ristvedt et al.435/6
5076441Device for the acceptance and delivery of banknotes and process for its operationDecember, 1991Gerlier209/534
5068519Magnetic document validator employing remanence and saturation measurementsNovember, 1991Bryce235/449
5064999Advance transaction processing methodNovember, 1991Okamoto et al.235/379
5063599Electronic image liftNovember, 1991Concannon et al.382/7
5055834Adjustable bill-damage discrimination systemOctober, 1991Chiba340/825
5055657Vending type machine dispensing a redeemable credit voucher upon payment interruptOctober, 1991Miller et al.235/381
5055086Coin sorter with counter and brake mechanismOctober, 1991Raterman et al.453/10
5054621Document sorting apparatusOctober, 1991Murphy et al.209/534
5047871Direction scaling method and apparatus for image scanning resolution controlSeptember, 1991Meyer et al.358/486
5040226Courtesy amount read and transaction balancing systemAugust, 1991Elischer et al.382/7
5039848Method and machine for dispensing couponsAugust, 1991Stoken235/381
5033602Device for indentifying coinsJuly, 1991Saarinen et al.194/334
5031098Transaction control system including portable data terminal and mobile customer service stationJuly, 1991Miller et al.364/405
5027415Bill discriminating apparatusJune, 1991Hara et al.382/7
5026320Disc-type coin sorter with retractable guide surfacesJune, 1991Rasmussen453/6
5025139Redeemable coupon disbursement control and reporting systemJune, 1991Halliburton, Jr.235/379
5023782Travelers cheque transaction terminalJune, 1991Lutz et al.364/405
5022889Coin sorterJune, 1991Ristvedt et al.453/6
5011455Coin sorter with automatic bag-switchingApril, 1991Rasmussen453/10
5010782Position adjustable pedal assemblyApril, 1991Asano et al.
5010485Apparatus, system and method for creating credit vouchers usable at point of purchase stationsApril, 1991Bigari364/408
5010238Automatic cash transaction system and methodApril, 1991Kadono et al.235/379
5009627Coin sorting mechanismApril, 1991Rasmussen453/10
4996604Image scannerFebruary, 1991Oqawa et al.358/486
4995848Coin sortersFebruary, 1991Goh453/3
4992860Color scanning systemFebruary, 1991Hamaguchi et al.358/75
4992647Ticket processing terminal device which accepts previously issued tickets for modification or exchangeFebruary, 1991Konishi et al.235/379
4988849Financial transaction systemJanuary, 1991Sasaki et al.235/379
4980543Multiple denominator bank note depositor/dispenser with automatic loading to and from storage sectionDecember, 1990Hara et al.209/534
4973851Currency validatorNovember, 1990Lee250/556
4971187Method and apparatus for sorting coins utilizing coin-derived signals containing different harmonic componentsNovember, 1990Furuya et al.194/318
4970655Automatic fee collecting and receipt dispensing systemNovember, 1990Winn et al.364/479
4966570Coin sorting apparatus for sorting coins of selected denominationsOctober, 1990Ristvedt et al.453/6
4964495Pivoting tray for coin sorterOctober, 1990Rasmussen194/344
4954697Vending apparatus for self-service storeSeptember, 1990Kokubun et al.235/381
4953086Money exchanging machine for exchanging first and second nations' currencies by sorting, storing and paying out the currenciesAugust, 1990Fukatsu364/408
4947441Bill discriminating apparatusAugust, 1990Hara et al.382/7
4936435Coin validating apparatus and methodJune, 1990Griner194/317
4931782Touch screen overlay with improved conductor durabilityJune, 1990Jackson340/706
4928094Battery-operated data collection apparatus having an infrared touch screen data entry deviceMay, 1990Smith340/712
4922109Device for recognizing authentic documents using optical modulasMay, 1990Bercovitz et al.194/207
4921463Coin sorter with counter and brake mechanismMay, 1990Primdahl et al.453/3
4908516Apparatus and process for checking the authenticity of an article having a magnetic storage information meansMarch, 1990West250/556
4905840Banknote account and arrangement apparatusMarch, 1990Yuge et al.209/534
4905839Banknote account and arrangement apparatusMarch, 1990Yuge et al.209/534
4903953Simplified currency dispenserFebruary, 1990Winkler et al.271/4
4900909Card printing apparatusFebruary, 1990Nagashima et al.235/487
4888812Document image processing systemDecember, 1989Dinan et al.382/7
4884212Apparatus and method for using unique charge cards dispensed from a vending machineNovember, 1989Stutsman364/479
4883181Foreign substance disposing device for money receiving and disbursing machineNovember, 1989Yoshikawa209/534
4883158Device and method for managing amount of stored coinsNovember, 1989Kobayashi et al.194/217
4881268Paper money discriminatorNovember, 1989Uchida et al.382/7
4880096Bill validatorNovember, 1989Kobayashi et al.194/206
4877230Compact apparatus for dispensing a preselected mix of paper currency or the likeOctober, 1989Winkler et al.271/3
4863414Coin sorterSeptember, 1989Ristvedt et al.453/6
4851616Touch screen input systemJuly, 1989Wales et al.178/18
4848556Low power coin discrimination apparatusJuly, 1989Shah et al.194/212
4844369Voucher issuing device and a method of automatically loading continuous voucher formsJuly, 1989Kanayachi242/56R
4841358Device for reading a color image from an original document with reciprocating filterJune, 1989Kammoto et al.358/75
4839505Apparatus and method for storing and retrieving articlesJune, 1989Bradt et al.235/381
4837842Character and pattern recognition machine and methodJune, 1989Holt382/26
4833312System for transactions between financial institutions and customersMay, 1989Minematsu et al.235/379
4833307Self service dispensing assembly for lottery ticketsMay, 1989Gonzales-Justiz235/375
4827531Method and device for reading a document characterMay, 1989Milford382/7
4825246Image processing method and image forming apparatusApril, 1989Fukuchi et al.355/4
4823393Bill discriminating deviceApril, 1989Kawakami382/7
4821332Method and apparatus for image capture of information on documentsApril, 1989Durham382/7
4817176Method and apparatus for pattern recognitionMarch, 1989Marshall et al.382/43
4812629Method and apparatus for vendingMarch, 1989O'Neil et al.235/383
4811004Touch panel system and method for using sameMarch, 1989Person et al.340/712
4806709Method of and apparatus for sensing the location, such as coordinates, of designated points on an electrically sensitive touch-screen surfaceFebruary, 1989Evans178/19
4804830Automatic transaction apparatusFebruary, 1989Miyagisima et al.235/379
4803347Automatic transaction machineFebruary, 1989Sugahara et al.235/379
4784274Bill deviceNovember, 1988Mori et al.209/534
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4582172Method and apparatus for automatically giving and receiving orders and for making calculation thereof in restaurants and shopsApril, 1986Takeuchi et al.186/38
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4569421Restaurant or retail vending facilityFebruary, 1986Sandstedt186/39
4567370Authentication deviceJanuary, 1986Falls
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WO/2003/030113April, 2003CURRENCY HANDLING SYSTEM HAVING MULTIPLE OUTPUT RECEPTACLES INTERFACED WITH ONE OR MORE CASH PROCESSING DEVICES
WO/2003/052700June, 2003APPARATUS, METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR RECEIVING AND DISTURBING COINS AND NOTES.
WO/2003/067532August, 2003MULTIPLE POCKET CURRENCY PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD
WO/2003/079300September, 2003COIN PROCESSING SYSTEM
WO/2003/085610October, 2003PIVOTING COIN INPUT TRAY FOR A COIN PROCESSING DEVICE
WO/2003/107280December, 2003COIN REDEMPTION MACHINE HAVING GRAVITY FEED COIN INPUT TRAY AND FOREIGN OBJECT DETECTION SYSTEM
WO/2003/107282December, 2003CURRENCY PROCESSING AND STRAPPING SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR USING THE SAME
WO/2004/010367January, 2004SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING CURRENCY BILLS AND DOCUMENTS BEARING BARCODES IN A DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICE
WO/2004/025412March, 2004MOVEABLE INDICATORS FOR SELECTING BONUS AWARDS
WO/2004/027717April, 2004COMPACT CURRENCY HANDLING MACHINE
WO/2004/036508April, 2004MULTI-WAVELENGTH CURRENCY AUTHENTICATION SYSTEM AND METHOD
WO/2004/038631May, 2004MULTIPLE STAGE CURRENCY PROCESSING SYSTEM
WO/2004/044853May, 2004STATIONARY HEAD FOR A DISC-TYPE COIN PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING A SOLID LUBRICANT DISPOSED THEREON
WO/2004/068422August, 2004CURRENCY PROCESSING DEVICE HAVING A MULTIPLE STAGE TRANSPORT PATH AND METHOD FOR OPERATING THE DEVICE
WO/2004/109464December, 2004METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR PROVIDING PRODUCTS, SUCH AS DIGITAL CONTENT INCLUDING GAMES, RING TONES, AND/OR GRAPHICS; AND SERVICES, SUCH AS COMPUTER NETWORK SERVICE INCLUDING INTERNET SERVICE
WO/2005/013209February, 2005CURRENCY PROCESSING DEVICE AND METHOD
WO/2005/017842February, 2005CURRENCY BILL TRACKING SYSTEM
WO/2005/028348March, 2005SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING BATCHES OF DOCUMENTS
WO/2005/029240March, 2005SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING CURRENCY AND IDENTIFICATION CARDS IN A DOCUMENT PROCESSING DEVICE
WO/2005/036445April, 2005SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR VERIFYING AND SEARCHING DOCUMENTS
WO/2005/041134May, 2005METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROCESSING CURRENCY BILLS AND COINS
WO/2005/076229August, 2005DOCUMENT PROCESSING SYSTEM USING CAPTURED PRIMARY AND SECONDARY PICTORIAL IMAGES WHICH ARE COMPARED TO RESPECTIVE MASTER IMAGES
WO/2005/088563September, 2005OPTICAL COIN DISCRIMINATION SENSOR AND COIN PROCESSING SYSTEM USING THE SAME
WO/2006/039439April, 2006MAGNETIC DETECTION SYSTEM FOR USE IN CURRENCY PROCESSING AND METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR USING THE SAME
WO/2006/076289July, 2006CURRENCY PROCESSING DEVICE, METHOD AND SYSTEM
WO/2006/076634July, 2006NETWORKED CASH DISPENSING SYSTEM
WO/2006/086531August, 2006METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR VARYING COIN-PROCESSING MACHINE RECEPTACLE LIMITS
WO/2007/035420March, 2007MACHINE AND METHOD FOR SELF-SERVICE CASH REDEMPTION AND CASH RECYCLING
WO/2007/120825October, 2007CURRENCY BILL AND COIN PROCESSING SYSTEM
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Primary Examiner:
Beauchaine, Mark
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Nixon Peabody LLP
Parent Case Data:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

The present invention claims priority to U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. Nos. 60/347,476 and 60/364,628, each of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/347,476, titled “Coin Redemption System,” was filed on Jan. 10, 2002. U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/364,628, titled “Coin Redemption System,” was filed on Mar. 15, 2002.

Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A coin redemption system in which a user deposits a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations, the system comprising: a coin input area for receiving a batch of mixed coins from a user of the coin redemption system; a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the coins received from the user; a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins; a first printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined value and the assigned transaction number; and an output device disposed in a redemption area for displaying the assigned transaction number and the determined value.

2. The coin processing system of claim 1 wherein the output device is a printer.

3. The coin processing system of claim 1 wherein the output device is a display.

4. A method for redeeming coins for currency bills with a coin redemption system, the method comprising: receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations in a coin receiving area of the coin redemption system; determining the aggregate value of the received coins with a coin processing unit of the coin redemption system; assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins; printing a first receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number with a first printer of the coin redemption system; displaying the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number separate from printing the first receipt; comparing the printed receipt to the displayed determined aggregate value and assigned transaction number; and redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins when the printed receipt favorably compares to the displayed determined aggregate value and assigned transaction number.

5. The method of claim 4 where redeeming further comprises redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

6. The method of claim 4 where redeeming further comprises redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

7. The method of claim 4 wherein displaying further comprises printing a second receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number with a second printer at a second location where redemption is to occur.

8. The method of claim 4 wherein displaying further comprises displaying on a screen at a second location where redemption is to occur.

9. A coin redemption system for receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations from a user and securely providing the user with a receipt that is redeemable for cash, the system comprising: at least one coin redemption machine comprising, a first user interface for receiving a security code from a user of the coin redemption system, a coin input area for receiving the batch of mixed coins, a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins, a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the received coins, and a printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number; and at least one redemption station communicatively linked to the at least one coin redemption machine comprising, a second user interface adapted comprising a user-input device to receive input from the user including input indicative of the security code and the assigned transaction number, the second user interface being adapted comprising a display to display the determined aggregate value upon receipt of the security code and the assigned transaction number, wherein the controller is adapted associated with executable instructions to verify that the received security code favorably compares to the received transaction number, and means a currency dispenser for providing the user with currency bills and coins in an amount related to the determined aggregate value when the received security code favorably compares to the received transaction number.

10. The coin redemption system of claim 9, wherein the at least one redemption station further comprises a coin dispensing module, and wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

11. The coin redemption system of claim 9, wherein the at least one redemption station further comprises a coin dispensing module, and wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

12. A method for securely redeeming coins for currency bills comprising: receiving, on a first occasion, an input from a user via a user input device of a coin redemption machine, the user input being indicative of a security code; receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denomination in a coin receiving area of the coin redemption machine; determining the aggregate value of the received batch of coins using a coin processing module of the coin redemption machine; assigning, using a controller associated with the coin redemption machine, a transaction number corresponding to the received batch of coins; issuing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned batch number; receiving, on a second occasion, an input from the user via a user input device of a terminal separate from the coin redemption machine, the user input indicative of the security code and the assigned transaction number; comparing, using the controller or another processor, the input received on the first occasion with the input received on the second occasion; dispensing currency comprising bills and coins to the user in an amount related to the determined aggregate value when the input received by the user input device of the coin redemption machine on the first occasion favorably compares with the input received by the user input device of the terminal on the second occasion.

13. The method of claim 12, where the act of dispensing currency further comprises dispensing currency bills and coins to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value or in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

14. The method of claim 12, where the act of dispensing currency further comprises dispensing at least currency bills and coins to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission from a currency bill dispensing machine associated with the terminal.

15. A coin processing system for receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations from a user and securely providing the user with a receipt that is redeemable for cash, the system comprising: at least one coin redemption machine comprising a media card reader adapted to read information from a media card of a user of the coin processing system, a coin input area for receiving a batch of coins from the user, a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the received batch of coins and for associating the information from the media card of the user of the coin processing system to the transaction number, a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the received coins, and a printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number; and at least one self-service redemption station communicatively linked to the at least one coin redemption machine comprising a user terminal including a media card reader adapted to read information from the media card of the user and a user interface being adapted comprising a user-input device to receive input from the user indicative of the assigned transaction number, the user terminal being adapted comprising a display to display the determined aggregate value upon reading the media card and receipt of the assigned transaction number, wherein the controller is adapted associated with executable instructions to verify that information read from the media card favorably compares to the received transaction number, and means for providing a currency dispensing device configured to provide the user with currency comprising bills and coins relating to the determined aggregate value associated with the transaction number when the information read from the media card favorably compares to the received transaction number.

16. The coin processing system of claim 15, wherein the currency dispensing device further comprises a coin dispenser configured to dispense coins, wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

17. The coin processing system of claim 15, wherein the currency dispensing device further comprises a coin dispenser configured to dispense coins, wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

18. A method for redeeming coins for currency bills with a coin processing system including a coin redemption machine and a redemption area, the method comprising: receiving a batch of coins of mixed denominations in a coin receiving area of the coin redemption machine; determining the aggregate value of the received coins with a coin processing unit of the coin redemption machine; assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins; printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate and the assigned transaction number with a printer of the coin redemption machine; presenting an operator of the redemption area with the receipt; displaying the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number separate from printing the receipt; calculating a commission after presenting the operator of the redemption area with the receipt; providing the user with currency bills in an amount equivalent the determined aggregate value less the calculated commission when the printed receipt favorably compares to the displayed determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number.

19. The method of alternative embodiment 18 further comprising displaying to the user the percentage of commission to be charged.

20. The method of alternative embodiment 18 further comprising displaying to the user a chart summarizing the commission to be charged, the chart including at least one amount and a corresponding commission.

21. A method for redeeming coins for currency bills with a coin redemption system, the method comprising: inputting a security code into a user input device of a self-service coin processing machine; receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations in a coin receiving area of the self-service coin processing machine; determining the aggregate value of the received coins with a coin processing unit of the self-service coin processing machine; storing a redemption value related to the aggregate value in a memory in association with the security code; inputting the security code into a user input device of a self-service currency dispensing machine; comparing the security code input at the user input device of the self-service currency dispensing machine to the security code input into the user input device of the coin processing machine; and dispensing currency from the self-service currency dispensing machine equal to the redemption value when the security code input at the self-service currency dispensing machine favorably compares to the security code stored in association with the redemption value.

22. A method for redeeming coins according to claim 21, wherein the act of inputting a security code into the user input device of the self-service coin processing machine comprises inputting a magnetic strip card in a first card reader associated with the self-service coin processing machine and wherein the act of inputting the security code into the user input device of the self-service currency dispensing machine comprises inputting the same magnetic strip card in a second card reader associated with the self-service currency dispensing machine.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to currency processing machines, and, in particular, to a coin redemption system that processes coins of mixed denominations and outputs a receipt indicative of the value of the processed coins that is redeemable for currency bills.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Coin processing machines generally have the ability to receive bulk coins from a user of the machine. Coin processing machines include a redemption type of machine wherein, after the deposited coins are counted, a receipt is issued indicating the value of the deposited coins. The user may redeem this receipt for the amount of deposited coins in the form of currency bills. In other embodiments, the receipt is redeemed for the amount of the deposited coins less a commission charged for use of the coin redemption machine.

Prior art coin redemption machines are commonly used in a banking environment and/or a retail environment such as a grocery store. In operation, a user inputs (i.e., deposits) a batch of coins of mixed denominations into a hopper of the coin redemption machine. The machine determines the value of the deposited coins and outputs a receipt indicative of the determined amount. In some embodiments, the receipt also indicates a second, lesser amount, which reflects a commission charged for use of the machine. The user redeems the receipt for paper currency for the value of the deposited coins less the commission. For example, in a banking environment, a user redeems the receipt at the teller's window. In a retail environment, the user can redeem the receipt at a cashier's station or a customer-service station.

One disadvantage associated with prior art coin redemption machines is the potential for fraud which exists with current receipt-type systems. For example, a receipt can be duplicated (i.e., counterfeited) and then redeemed more than once resulting in a loss for that particular store. Furthermore, if the receipt is lost by the user or is stolen from the user, the prior art machines fail to provide any manner for the user to recover their funds. Someone who has stolen or found the receipt can simply redeem the receipt from the retailer's cashier and receive the cash payment.

Accordingly, there exists a need for a coin redemption system that provides security measures to guard against the unauthorized reproduction of redeemable receipts issued by the coin redemption machine. Further, there exists a need for a coin redemption system that provides security measures to guard against the unauthorized redemption of otherwise valid receipts.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to one embodiment of the present invention, a coin redemption system, in which a user deposits a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations, comprises a coin input area for receiving a batch of mixed coins from a user of the coin redemption system, a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the coins received from the user, a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins, a first printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined value and the assigned transaction number, an output device disposed in a redemption area for displaying the assigned transaction number and the determined value.

The above summary of the present invention is not intended to represent each embodiment, or every aspect, of the present invention. Additional features and benefits of the present invention will become apparent from the detailed description, figures, and claims set forth below.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a coin redemption machine according to one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a side view of the coin redemption machine shown in FIG. 1 which schematically illustrates the components present in the coin redemption machine according to one embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 schematically illustrates a plurality of coin redemption machines in communication with a network according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a block diagram illustrating component and connections in a redemption network according to an alternative embodiments of the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a block diagram of a coin redemption network update routine according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention.

While the invention is susceptible to various modifications and alternative forms, specific embodiments are shown by way of example in the drawings and are described in detail herein. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not intended to be limited to the particular forms disclosed. Rather, the invention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS

Referring to the drawings and, initially, to FIG. 1, a coin redemption machine 10 according to one embodiment of the present invention includes a touch screen 12 to provide inputs from a machine user and also to display outputs to be viewed by the user. While the touch screen 12 is the preferred mode to enter data from the user of the coin redemption machine 10, the coin redemption machine 10 may also include a mechanical keyboard or buttons to receive such inputs.

The coin redemption machine 10 includes a coin input area 14 which receives coins of mixed denominations from a user. The coin input area 14 allows the user of the currency processing machine 10 to deposit the user's coins which will ultimately be converted to some other sort of fund source (i.e., currency bills, credit to a smartcard, credit to an account, credit for purchases in the store containing the redemption machine 10, etc.) that is available to the user.

According to the embodiment of the coin redemption machine 10 illustrated in FIG. 1, the coin input area 14 is generally funnel-shaped to direct coins to a coin processing area within the machine 10. According to an alternative embodiment of the coin redemption machine 10, the coin input area 14 includes a coin tray that is pivotable from a first position, wherein the coin tray is substantially horizontal, to a second position, wherein the coin tray is lifted causing the coins to slide under the force of gravity into the coin redemption machine 10. A coin tray similar to that described which may be used in connection with the coin input area 14 of the coin redemption machine 10 is described in greater detail in U.S. Pat. No. 4,964,495 entitled “Pivoting Tray For A Coin Sorter,” which issued on Oct. 23, 1990 and is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

The currency processing machine 10 further includes a paper dispensing slot 16 for providing a user with a receipt of the transaction that the user has performed. The receipt issued by the coin redemption machine 10 is described in greater detail below according to several alternative embodiments of the present invention.

In its simplest form, the coin redemption machine 10 receives coins via the coin input receptacle 14, and after these deposited coins have been authenticated and counted, the currency redemption machine 10 outputs a receipt to the user indicative of the dollar amount of the deposited coins. For example, the user of the currency processing machine 10 may input $20.50 in various coins and the coin redemption machine 10 prints a receipt indicating that $20.50 worth of coins have been processed. The user can redeem the receipt for funds from an attendant of the coin redemption machine 10. An attendant may include a store employee such as a cashier at a grocery store or a teller at a bank. Alternatively, the user can redeem the receipt for credit towards purchases at the store where the machine is located and/or in exchange for merchandise at the store. Alternatively still, the currency processing machine 10 credits a user's account such as a bank account or an account associated with a store credit card, a store “rewards” program card or a coupon-type card which a user produces at the time of purchase for discounts. Further, in other embodiments, a commission may be charged for use of the machine. Alternatively still, a bonus may be added onto the amount redeemed. For example, a store may desire to have a promotion to attract users into a store whereby an amount (e.g., a percentage of the coins processed) in addition to the dollar amount of coins processed which is credited towards purchases at the store. Additionally, in other alternative embodiments of the coin redemption machine 10, the receipt includes other information such as a transaction number and/or totals for each coin denomination.

The coin redemption machine 10 also includes a media slot 18 into which the user may insert an account card (e.g., a bank card such as an ATM card, an identification card including the type distributed by grocery stores, smartcards, etc.). The media slot is coupled to a media reader/writer device 34 (FIG. 2) in the coin redemption machine 10 that is capable of reading from or writing to one or more types of media including ATM cards, credit cards, smartcards or other types of media cards. This media may include various types of memory storage technology such as magnetic storage, solid state memory devices and optical devices. The touch screen 12 typically provides the user with a menu of options which prompts the user to carry out a series of actions for identifying the user by displaying certain commands and requesting that the user depress touch keys on the touch screen 12 (e.g., a user PIN, account number, etc.).

FIG. 2 illustrates a side view of the coin redemption machine 10. The coin redemption machine 10 includes a coin processing module 20. The coin processing module 20 counts and authenticates coins of mixed denominations that are deposited in the coin input receptacle 14, which leads directly into the coin processing module 20. The coins may also be sorted in the coin processing module 20 in a variety of ways such as by sorting based on the diameter of the coins. When a coin can not be authenticated by the coin processing module 20, that coin is directed through a coin reject tube 22 which leads to the rejected coin receptacle 24 which allows the user who has deposited such a non-authenticated coin to retrieve the coin by accessing the dispensed coin receptacle 24. Alternatively, non-authenticated coins may be routed to a reject coin bin (not shown) disposed within the coin redemption machine 10 and are not returned to the user. Disk-type coin sorters and authenticating devices which can perform the function of the coin processing module 20 of the coin redemption machine 10 are disclosed in U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,299,977, 5,453,047, 5,507,379, 5,542,880, 5,865,673 and 5,997,395, each of which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety. Alternatively, other coin sorters such as rail sorters can be used to perform the function of the coin processing module 20. A rail sorter that can perform the function of the coin processing module 20 of the coin redemption machine 10 according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention is described in U.S. Pat. No. 5,382,191 entitled “Coin Queuing Device And Power Rail Sorter,” which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

The coin processing module 20 outputs the authenticated coins via one or more exit channels (not shown). According to one embodiment, each coin exit channel is coupled to a coin tube 26 which is coupled to a coin receptacle station 28. The coin tube 26 leads to coin receptacle station 28 for each of the coin denominations that are to be sorted and authenticated by the coin processing module 20. The coin receptacle station 28 includes coin bags or bins for holding each sorted coin denomination. Other coin distribution schemes are implemented in alternative embodiments of the present invention. Many alternative coin distribution schemes are described in greater detail in U.S. Pat. No. 6,318,537 B1 entitled “Currency Processing Machine With Multiple Internal Coin Receptacles,” which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.

The currency processing machine 10 includes a controller 30 which is coupled to the coin processing module 20, a printer 32 for outputting a receipt via the paper dispensing slot 16, and a media reader/writer device 34 for receiving media via the media slot 18 within the currency processing machine 10 and controls the interaction among these units. For example, the controller 30 may review the input totals from the coin processing module 20 and direct the printer 32 to output a receipt indicative of the total amount or direct the media reader/writer device 34 to credit a smartcard for the values of the processed coins.

In an alternative embodiment of the coin redemption machine 10, the coin processing module 20 only counts the coins and does not store the coins in a sorted fashion. Or, the coin processing module 20 may tabulate the value of the coins that are processed without ever sorting them. In either of these situations, the coins are sent from the coin processing module 20 to a single coin receptacle station 28 that commingles the processing coins. Because the coins are not being sorted by denomination in this embodiment, the coin redemption machine 10 only requires one receptacle station 28 for collecting all of the mixed coins.

Referring now to FIG. 3, a host system 50 is coupled to one or more coin redemption machines 10a, 10b, . . . 10n. The host system 50 communicates with each coin redemption machine 10 for tracking the various deposits input to the coin redemption machines 10 and the receipts printed, as will be described in greater detail below. Additionally, the coin redemption machines 10 send signals to the host system 50 when the coin receptacles of the coin receptacles station 28 are full or when a fault condition—a coin jam, coin bag is full, printer out of paper—is encountered. Moreover, the host system 50 may be connected to a network 52, such as an accounting system, which allows the user of the coin redemption machine 10 to credit the user's account after making a deposit. Alternatively, the coin redemption machine 10 outputs a receipt bearing an assigned transaction number and the host system 50 stores the transaction number and the corresponding amount. In a retail store setting where each cashier's station is coupled to the network 52, the cashier can verify the value of coins processed when presented with the receipt bearing the transaction number.

According to one alternative embodiment of the present invention, the receipt issued by the coin redemption machine 10 prints the store name (e.g., where the machine resides), the total amount of coins processed, and commission information charged by the store such as the percentage of commission being charged. For example, if a retail store charges a commission of 10%, the receipt may read “Subject to a Processing Fee of 10%—Remit to Any Cashier for Processing—Redeemable For Cash Only.” When the cashier is presented with the receipt by the user, the cashier calculates the commission and then dispenses currency bills and coins to the user in an amount equal to the dollar value of the coins processes less the commission calculated by the cashier. According to some alternative embodiments, the cashier also provides the user with a second receipt, along with the funds, indicating the dollar amount of the processed coins, the dollar amount of the commission calculated by the cashier and the dollar amount of funds dispensed to the user. In a different system, the receipt may read “Redeemable For Cash Or Merchandise.” Other information can also be printed on the receipt including a transaction number, date, time, other location identifying information, coin totals and amounts by denomination, and other messages. Other messages may include information directing a user to a redemption area such as “Only Redeemable at Service Desk” or “Redeemable at Cashier Stations Nos. 10-15.”

According to another alternative embodiment, the coin redemption machine 10 includes a currency bill dispensing module for dispensing currency bills in the amount of the deposited coins, or in the amount of the deposited coins less a commission, to the user and not a receipt that is redeemable for cash by the user. The coin redemption machine 10 optionally includes a coin dispensing module for dispensing coins back to the user. Alternatively still, the coin redemption machine does not include a coin dispensing module and the amount due the user is rounded down to, or up to, the nearest whole dollar. A currency processing machine including a coin dispensing module and a currency bill dispensing module is described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,318,537 B1, incorporated herein by reference above. A coin redemption machine that outputs currency bills, and optionally coins, eliminates security concerns associated with the duplication of receipts because the coins are redeemed at the time of the transaction and any receipt issued is not redeemable for currency bills. Rather, any receipt serves solely as a record of the transaction.

According to another alternative embodiment of the coin redemption machine 10, each coin redemption operation is assigned a transaction number. The receipt issued by the coin redemption machine 10 has a transaction number printed thereon and, optionally, includes the value of the coin processed. Alternatively, the receipt includes additional information such as commission information or retail store information. In a simple form, such an embodiment includes a second, remote display located at the cashier's station or redemption area where the user redeems the receipts. The second display communicates to the cashier the transaction numbers and corresponding dollar amounts. When presented with a receipt for redemption, the cashier accesses the display to confirm that the dollar amount printed on the receipt favorably compares to the amount listed on the display. This embodiment guards against fraud by reducing the opportunity for tampering with the amount printed on the receipt. Alternatively, the dollar amount is displayed on the second display after the receipt bearer or cashier keys in the transaction number.

In more sophisticated embodiments, the controller 30 of the coin redemption machine 10 automatically eliminates transaction numbers from the second display after receipts are redeemed. For example, after a user presents a receipt to a cashier and that receipt bearing a particular transaction number is redeemed, the controller 30 deletes, “closes-out,” or otherwise invalidates that particular transaction number thus preventing a receipt bearing that particular number from being redeemed again. Alternatively, the controller 30 causes the display to indicate that redeemed transaction numbers have in fact been redeemed and are no longer valid. Alternatively still, the receipt may include a barcode of the transaction number which is automatically read by a scanner at the cashier's station. Once the barcode is read, the dollar amount to be dispensed to the user is automatically displayed on a screen and the transaction number is automatically marked as redeemed on the display or, alternatively, is marked as so in a database where the transaction numbers and corresponding dollar amounts are stored. Accordingly, fraud by presenting duplicate receipts for redemption is guarded against.

Additionally, banks or stores may institute policies requiring that receipts may only be redeemed at the particular location where the coins are deposited. Put another way, receipts will only be honored at the store location where the receipt-issuing machine 10 is located. Thus, indicia of a particular store location is printed on the receipt. Such an embodiment discourages the duplicating of receipts and redeeming those receipts at other locations where the particular batch number may still be valid. Additionally or alternatively, a store may require that a receipt be redeemed within a predetermined amount of time (e.g., one or two hours). Alternatively still, the coin redemption machines 10 are networked together, as described above in connection with FIG. 3, for storing the transaction numbers in a common database to prevent transaction numbers from being redeemed at several locations. For example, a transaction number resulting from a transaction at a first store would be displayed on a second screen of the cashier's station in a second store. Alternatively still, the customer may key in the transaction number at a cash dispensing station which automatically (or manually via an attendant) output cash to the customer corresponding to the dollar amount. Each transaction number would only be capable of being redeemed one time.

In yet another alternative embodiment, a second printer is disposed at the cashier's station for printing a duplicate receipt which allows the cashier to compare the received receipt with the cashier's duplicate receipt for verifying that the information on both receipts favorably compares. Once the receipt is redeemed, the cashier can mark both receipts as redeemed, place both the receipts in a “redeemed area,” or destroy the two receipts. Many types of fraud, including receipt counterfeiting, are prevented by only allowing redemption of receipts having a duplicate receipt printed at the cashier's station and by not allowing the redemption of receipts that have already been redeemed. Alternatively still, an additional display for displaying receipt numbers and amount may be placed at cashier's station, which would allow the cashier to ensure that the receipt number and amounts match what is shown on the receipt.

In still another alternative embodiment, the user inputs via the display 12 of the coin redemption machine 10 an account number wherein the value of the deposited coins, or the value of the deposited coins less a commission, is credited to the user's account. Types of accounts include bank accounts, credit card accounts, store credit card accounts, or other types of store accounts. Alternatively, a user inserts a media card into media slot 18 and coin redemption machine 10 reads the user's account number. The user may be required to input via the display 12 a personal identification number as an additional security measure. Alternatively still, the coin redemption machine 10 may credit the amount to a smartcard inserted into media slot 18. These embodiments frustrate fraudulent activities surrounding manipulating the receipt because any receipt issued serves solely as a record of the transaction and is not redeemable.

According to another alternative embodiment of the present invention, a user wanting to redeem coins for paper currency is first prompted by the display 12 of the coin redemption machine 10 for that user's security code. The security code can take on different forms according to various alternative embodiments of the present invention including the user's numerical birth date, social security number, or an identification number assigned by the particular retail or bank location. Alternatively, the coin redemption machine is tied to a network as illustrated in FIG. 3, and the user may input the user's store card, credit card, or ATM card as a security feature. After inputting the user's security code, the coin redemption machine 10 permits the user to deposit the user's coins. The coin redemption machine 10 processes the coins and determines the dollar amount of the deposited coins. This amount is communicated to the user via the display 12. If the amount is unacceptable to the user, the user indicates as such via the display and the machine 10 alerts an attendant (via a flashing light, audible signal, or electronically in an embodiment where the coin redemption machine 10 is linked to a host or network) to assist the user. Alternatively, the coin redemption machine 10 holds coins in an escrow area until the user indicates that the displayed amount is acceptable. If the user indicates that the amount is not acceptable, the coins are returned to the user from the escrow region. If the amount is acceptable to the user, the user indicates as such via the display 12 and a receipt is printed bearing a transaction number and optionally the dollar amount of the deposited coins. After the receipt is printed, the display 12 instructs the user to proceed to a particular cashier station, check-out lane, teller window or customer service area (collectively “redemption area”) to redeem the receipt.

At the redemption area, the user is directed to a terminal where the user is prompted to enter the security code (or swipe the same card) that the user previously entered at the coin redemption machine 10 prior to depositing the coins. Next, the terminal prompts the user for the transaction number printed on the receipt. After the user has entered the correct security code and transaction number, the terminal displays the value of the deposited coins and displays authorization to a store employee to pay the user an amount equivalent to dollar amount of the deposited coins. Alternatively, if a commission is charged, the dollar amount of the deposited coins as well as that amount less a commission charged for use of the coin redemption machine 10 is displayed on the terminal.

According to yet another alternative embodiment of the present invention, one or more coin redemption machines are tied to a network, as illustrated in FIG. 3, which communicates with an automatic-teller-machine (“ATM”) or a cash and coin dispensing station. The security code (or account number corresponding to a card inserted in the media slot 18), the transaction number and the determined dollar amount of the deposited coins are stored in a memory linked to the coin redemption machine 10 and the ATM. The user proceeds with the receipt bearing the transaction number to the ATM and inputs the user's a security code (or swipes a card) and the transaction number. The security code and transaction number input are compared to those stored in memory and are validated. Upon validation, the ATM then dispenses an appropriate amount of currency bills, and optionally coins, to the user.

This latter embodiment provides an additional level of protection to the user by storing the security numbers, transaction numbers, and determined totals in memory. If the user forgets the transaction number or misplaces the receipt, the user can request that an attendant access the system to look-up the transaction number(s) corresponding to the user's security code, which is stored in memory. In certain situations, the attendant may require a predetermined time period to pass between the initial contact by an alleged user and revealing the transaction number to the user. After waiting the predetermined time period, if no other claims are made on that transaction number, the attendant can pay the user, reveal the transaction number, or both.

Referring now to FIG. 4, there is depicted a coin redemption network 100 according to an alternative embodiment of the present invention having a plurality of coin redemption machines 10a, 10b, . . . 10n communicatively linked thereto. Each coin redemption machine 10 has a connected communications device 102 such as, for example, a modem or ethernet card. In an alternative embodiment, the communication device 102 is a wireless device that enables wireless communication between a coin redemption machine 10 and to the coin redemption network 100.

According to one embodiment of the coin redemption network 100, the coin redemption machines 10 are equipped to communicate with one or more servers 104 and further to send information to or retrieve information from one or more databases 106. One method of enabling this communication is to connect the coin redemption machines 10, the one or more servers 104 and the one or more databases 106 via the Internet 108. The one or more servers 104 may be web servers, and further may be adapted to execute servlets, which may initiate and complete the tasks involved in running the coin redemption network 100. According to an alternative embodiment, each of the coin redemption machines may be linked directly (wired or wireless) to the servers), and not to the Internet 108. Or, alternatively still, each of the coin redemption machines periodically “dial-in” directly to the server(s).

In order to maintain the integrity of information sent between the components of the coin redemption network 100, a number of security schemes may be employed. For example, a firewall 110 may be set up between the coin redemption machines 10 and the server and database components. Further, a key server 112 with a key server communications device 114 may be employed, as is known in the communications field.

Periodically, such as at predetermined times throughout the day or upon the occurrence of certain events such as at the conclusion of a coin redemption transaction, an update routine is performed wherein information is sent from the coin redemption machines 10 to the server 104. This information may include a transaction number and the corresponding dollar amount of received coins, a user's account information and the corresponding dollar amount of received coins and/or other information received from the user such as a security code and other information corresponding to the transaction. Further, in alternative embodiments of the coin redemption network, information regarding the status of the coin redemption machine 10 is sent to the server 104. Information regarding the status of the coin redemption machine 10 may include, or example, the number of coins (and corresponding dollar amount) in each of the coin receptacle stations 28 (FIG. 2), a signal indicating that a coin bag in a coin receptacle station 28 is full and service is required, a signal indicating that the printer 32 (FIG. 2) is low on paper or ink, or some other information indicative of a fault or error condition. Alternatively still, the operator interface 12 (FIG. 1) may include a button that a user depresses for summoning an attendant of the coin redemption machine 10. This request may be directed to the attendant via the coin redemption network 100.

An update routine may be carried out via calls automatically being made by a coin redemption machine 10 through the communications device 102 at predetermined times, on the occurrence of predetermined events or they may be manually initiated by an attendant of the machine 10 or a user of the machine 10 as indicated above An update routine may also be initiated by the server 104 or by users of the server 104.

One type of update routine 120 is shown in FIG. 5. According to one embodiment, the update routine 120 is initiated by the coin redemption machine 10 upon completion of a coin redemption process wherein the coin redemption machine 10 has output a receipt indicative of the dollar amount of coins received from the user (“the dollar amount”) and a transaction number. According to one embodiment of the coin redemption network, the update routine begins with the sending of an initial data string from the coin redemption machine 10, as shown at step 122. The initial data string contains information initializing the communication, and may further contain information pertaining to the identity of the sending coin redemption machine 10 and protocol data units (PDUs) defining the type of information transmission. Further, the initial data string contains information identifying the transmission as an update routine.

Next, as shown at step 124, the information corresponding to the dollar amount for the transaction and the transaction number are sent from the redemption machine 10 to the server 104. In other embodiments, this information may include information corresponding to a plurality of transaction numbers and corresponding dollar amounts stored by the coin redemption machine 10 for a period of time such as several minutes. In other embodiments where the dollar amount is being credited to a smartcard, the machine 10 may only send information relating to the dollar amount credited to a smart card. In various other alternative embodiments, the machine 10 may also send information regarding user identification information (if input by a user of the machine).

Optionally, as shown in step 126, the coin redemption machine 10 receives instructions from the server 104. Such instructions may include instructions regarding a promotion wherein a bonus is added to the dollar amount of processed coins, regarding a change in commission to charge for use of the machine 10, or instructions regarding to what information to be printed in the receipt such as, for example, time, date, or other promotional information. The update routine is concluded at step 128.

According to one embodiment of the present invention, the plurality of coin redemption machines 10 are connected to a bank's network in a manner as shown in FIG. 3 or via the Internet as shown in FIG. 4 for crediting coins deposited in a redemption machine to a user's bank account. The user may be required to input identification information as described above. Crediting the coins directly to a bank account reduces the chances for fraud associated the redemption with counterfeit or duplicated receipts. The network 52 (FIG. 3) or server 104 (FIG. 4) is updated at predetermined times or on the occurrence of certain events to update the user's account with information regarding deposited coins. For example, according to one embodiment, the bank's network 52 (FIG. 3) or server 104 (FIG. 4) is updated upon completion of each transaction so that a user's account is credited with the deposited amount substantially immediately. This is in contrast with a traditional deposit-type ATM machine wherein deposits are not credited to a user's account until the deposited funds are retrieved by an operator and later verified back at a bank. In other embodiments, the bank's network 52 (FIG. 3) or server 104 (FIG. 4) is updated at predetermined time intervals, such as every hour, wherein the updates include information regarding all of the deposits over the previous hour. In such an embodiment, also, the users' accounts are updated very soon after the deposits are made.

In addition to embodiments described above and in the accompanying claims, several embodiments of the present inventions will now be described.

Alternative Embodiment A

A. A coin redemption system in which a user deposits a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations, the system comprising:

a coin input area for receiving a batch of mixed coins from a user of the coin redemption system;

a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the coins received from the user;

a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins;

a first printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined value and the assigned transaction number; and

an output device disposed in a redemption area for displaying the assigned transaction number and the determined value.

Alternative Embodiment B

B. The coin processing system of alternative embodiment A wherein the output device is a printer.

Alternative Embodiment C

C. The coin processing system of alternative embodiment A wherein the output device is a display.

Alternative Embodiment D

D. A method for redeeming coins for currency bills with a coin redemption system, the method comprising:

receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations in a coin receiving area of the coin redemption system;

determining the aggregate value of the received coins with a coin processing unit of the coin redemption system;

assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins;

printing a first receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number with a first printer of the coin redemption system;

displaying the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number separate from printing the first receipt;

comparing the printed receipt to the displayed determined aggregate value and assigned transaction number; and

redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins when the printed receipt favorably compares to the displayed determined aggregate value and assigned transaction number.

Alternative Embodiment E

E. The method of alternative embodiment D where redeeming further comprises redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

Alternative Embodiment F

F. The method of alternative embodiment D where redeeming further comprises redeeming the receipt for currency bills and coins in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

Alternative Embodiment G

G. The method of alternative embodiment D wherein displaying further comprises printing a second receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number with a second printer at a second location where redemption is to occur.

Alternative Embodiment H

H. The method of alternative embodiment D wherein displaying further comprises displaying on a screen at a second location where redemption is to occur.

Alternative Embodiment I

I. A coin redemption system for receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations from a user and securely providing the user with a receipt that is redeemable for cash, the system comprising:

    • at least one coin redemption machine comprising,
    • an first user interface for receiving a security code from a user of the coin redemption system,
    • a coin input area for receiving the batch of mixed coins,
    • a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the batch of received coins,
    • a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the received coins, and
    • a printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number; and

at least one redemption station communicatively linked to the at least one coin redemption machine comprising,

    • a second user interface adapted to receive input from the user including input indicative of the security code and the assigned transaction number, the second user interface being adapted to display the determined aggregate value upon receipt of the security code and the assigned transaction number, wherein the controller is adapted to verify that the received security code favorably compares to the received transaction number, and
    • means for providing the user with currency bills and coins when the received security code favorably compares to the received transaction number.
      Alternative Embodiment J

J. The coin redemption system of alternative embodiment I wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

Alternative Embodiment K

K. The coin redemption system of alternative embodiment I wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

Alternative Embodiment L

L. A method for securely redeeming coins for currency bills comprising:

receiving, on a first occasion, input from a user indicative of a security code;

receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations in a coin receiving area;

determining the aggregate value of the received batch of coins;

assigning a transaction number corresponding to the received batch of coins;

issuing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned batch number,

receiving, on a second occasion, input from the user indicative of the security code and the assigned transaction number;

comparing the input received on the first occasion with the input received on the second occasion; and

dispensing currency bills and coins to the user when the input received on the first occasion favorably compares with the input received on the second occasion.

Alternative Embodiment M

M. The method of alternative embodiment L where dispensing further comprises dispensing currency bills and coins to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

Alternative Embodiment N

N. The method of alternative embodiment L where dispensing further comprises dispensing currency bills and coins to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

Alternative Embodiment O

O. A coin processing system for receiving a batch of mixed coins of a plurality of denominations from a user and securely providing the user with a receipt that is redeemable for cash, the system comprising:

at least one coin redemption machine comprising

    • a media reader adapted to read information from a media card of a user of the coin processing system,
    • a coin input area for receiving a batch of coins from the user,
    • a controller for assigning a transaction number corresponding to the received batch of coins,
    • a coin processing unit coupled to the coin input area for determining the aggregate value of the received coins, and
    • a printer for printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate value and the assigned transaction number; and

at least one redemption station communicatively linked to the at least one coin redemption machine comprising

    • a user terminal including a media reader adapted to read information from the media card of the user and a user interface being adapted to receive input from the user indicative of the assigned transaction number, the user terminal being adapted to display the determined aggregate value upon reading the media card and receipt of the assigned transaction number, wherein the controller is adapted to verify that information read from the media card favorably compares to the received transaction number,
    • means for providing the user with currency bills and coins when the information read from the media card favorably compares to the received transaction number.
      Alternative Embodiment P

P. The coin processing system of alternative embodiment O wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value.

Alternative Embodiment Q

Q. The coin processing system of alternative embodiment O wherein the currency bills and coins are provided to the user in an amount equal to the determined aggregate value less a commission.

Alternative Embodiment R

R. A method for redeeming coins for currency bills with a coin processing system including a coin redemption machine and a redemption area, the method comprising:

receiving a batch of coins of mixed denominations in a coin receiving area of the coin redemption machine;

determining the aggregate value of the received coins with a coin processing unit of the coin redemption machine;

printing a receipt indicative of the determined aggregate with a printer of the coin redemption machine;

presenting an operator of the redemption area with the receipt;

calculating a commission after presenting the operator of the redemption are with the receipt;

providing the user with currency bills in an amount equivalent the determined aggregate value less the calculated commission.

Alternative Embodiment S

S. The method of alternative embodiment R further comprising displaying to the user the percentage of commission to be charged.

Alternative Embodiment T

T. The method of alternative embodiment R further comprising displaying to the user a chart summarizing the commission to be charged, the chart including at least one amount and a corresponding commission.

Alternative Embodiment U

U. A coin redemption system comprising:

one or more coin redemption machines located at one or more locations; each coin redemption machine being adapted to count a batch of mixed coins received from a user and to determine a total amount corresponding to the value of the received coins;

a database for storing information; and

at least one server adapted to electronically communicate with each coin redemption machine, the at least one server being adapted to receive information indicative of the determined total amounts from each coin redemption machine and to store that information in the database.

Alternative Embodiment V

V. The system of alternative embodiment U further comprising an operator interface for receiving information from an operator of a coin redemption machine indicative of an account of the user.

Alternative Embodiment W

W. The system of alternative embodiment U wherein the at least one server is associated with a bank.

Alternative Embodiment X

X. The system of alternative embodiment U wherein the at least one server receives information indicative of the determined total amount substantially immediately after the total amount corresponding to the value of the received coins is determined by the coin redemption machine.

Alternative Embodiment Y

Y. The system of alternative embodiment X wherein the information is stored in the database substantially immediately after information indicative of the determined total is received by the server.

Alternative Embodiment Z

Z. The system of alternative embodiment U wherein each of the one or more coin redemption machines is adapted for electronic communication over the Internet, and wherein the one or more servers are web servers adapted for electronic communication over the Internet and are adapted to located and communicated with each of the one or more coin redemption machines over the Internet.

While the present invention has been described with reference to one or more particular embodiments, those skilled in the art will recognize that many changes may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention. Each of these embodiments and obvious variations thereof is contemplated as falling within the scope of the claimed invention, which is set forth in the following claims.