An Introduction to Collectible Coin Operated Machines

Before the invention and widespread use of electronic devices and credit cards, a number of services and goods were offered through coin-operated machines. Machines such as pinball machines, gumball machines, and arcade game machines, have been a major part of children’s life and adults for that matter, for most of the 20th century. These machines are today collected by thousands of collectors, and are known as vintage coin-operated machines. Here are some of the more popular types of coin-operated collectibles.

Slot Machines

Slot machines, or just slots, are machines that allow a user to gamble by spinning a number of reels, usually three or five, at the push of a button. These machines are usually operated using coins issued by the casino that owns them. Modern slot machines were first introduced in 1895 by Charles Fey, who created Liberty Bell, the first mechanical slot machine. Today, vintage slot machines are traded by collectors and dealers at prices that make them a jackpot of an altogether different kind.

Pinball Machines

Before there were computer games, there were arcade games. However, even before there were arcade games, there were pinball machines. Before there were other options, countless kids spent their daily allowances playing pinball at mechanical pinball machines. Today, collectors are interested in these machines not just because of their antique value, but also because of the nostalgia many have for their childhood’s favorite pastime.

Mechanical Banks

Mechanical banks were designed to promote frugality and saving among children. They are designed as coin-operated mechanical devices that perform a stunt whenever a kid or anyone else drops a coin through its saving slot, and pulls a lever. With time, they have become a collector’s item. Indeed, mechanical banks were a collector’s item as early as mid-19th century.

Gumball Machines

Gumball machines dispense gumballs, which are small round-shaped bubblegum, when a coin is dropped through a slot. Gumball machines have been installed in public areas for more than a century now. Older gumball machines are a collector’s item, and fetch thousands of dollars depending on how well they are maintained.

Apart from the machines discussed here, other coin-operated machines that are collected by enthusiasts include trade stimulators, vending machines, arcade machines and jukeboxes. Usually, only the machines that were built before 1951 are called antiques. Coin-operated antique machines remind us of an era before ATMs and other electronic machines. The public squares of our cities may be littered with ATMs, but in the homes of collectors these machines still rule.

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