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Hey all,

I was wondering how many coins (quarters preferably)a coin dropper/dumper can hold. please let me know!

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If you mean the 1 for coins into glass, I have only ever seen 4 drop into the glass!!!
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Jonathan Townsend
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There were a few on the market. Usually designed for half dollars though. I recall one pin-in thing that looked like it could hold about 10 quarters or more. You might find some ideas in the Downs book: Modern Coin Manipulation. all the coins I've dropped here
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One idea (marketed for a while) was one of those coin purses with the spring-strips across the opening; you squeeze the ends of the purse to bow out the spring-strips and open the purse.

Pin this upside down under the edge of your coat. Insert coins, but not into the purse, only held between the spring-strips. You can withdraw the coins easily. Come to think of it, quarters might be tricky due to their small size.


Mike Wild
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The number varies by manufacturer (6 to 10 half dollars). Jonathan is right, almost all are made for 1/2 dollars, not quarters. I would look into buying the children's effect where a marked coin is vanished and reappears inside a plastic sack, which is inside a matchbox, which in turn is inside a carboard box. The gimmick used in that effect could be easily modified to hold around 6 to 8 quarters, and release them 1 at a time. It is already designed to clip under a jacket, so you're half way there. The cost of the effect is very low, about $10 or so.

My girlfriend's son just bought that particular effect, and I remember thinking about this very subject as I looked at the gimmick.

Good luck.
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Don Wilson
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A Kellar coin catcher, or dropper, holds 16 halves- have never seen one for quarters. Tannen catalog shows a five half "dropper" and the 16 coin "catcher"
Larry Barnowsky
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The Kellar catcher as I'm sure you know is not a dropper but a device to produce coins from the hand one at a time. There have been coin droppers called coin slides whcih drop a half dollar size coin one at a time. The problem with that device (Abbott made one) is it is a bit noisy and will hold 5 or six coins. There are coin droppers which will dump a small stack of coins into your hand all at once. Again, noise is a problem with those. I would recommend you avoid such devices. There are better methods of obtaining loads which I cannot go into in this open forum.
Paul Chosse
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Depends on what you want to do - I have a device called an "Ireland Penny Dropper" that holds, and delivers silently, 45 american pennies! The concept could be easily adapted to fit quarters, or any other coin, and the number could be as large or small as you need. Not hard to make and easy to operate. It hasn't been produced in years, but you can probably find one on the used magic market, and if not, I can describe it for you privately. You can have one made fairly cheaply, I'm sure. If you are handy, you can make one yourself...

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