This information provided via the courtesy of Vintage Slots of Colorado, Inc.
If you have an antique coin machine and want to sell it, please send me
an email. If I am not interested in it, I will forward your email to a collector
who probably is.
The following information is the web version of Coin Op on CD which was a book all about antique coin machines and it was distributed on a CD-ROM. This book was written in 1995 and sold in 1996. Please take this into consideration when reading the articles. There are no plans to come out with version 2. However, we do plan on periodically updating the information on the web version.
The CD version of the book has pricing information as well as a dealer directory. Since the prices are out of date and many of the dealers/collectors may no longer be collecting the machine we have purposely left this information out of the web version. However, we do keep in contact with many dealers and collectors who are actively buying and selling machines and would be happy to put you in touch with one if you have a machine you are looking to sell.
If you are looking to purchase an antique coin machine you may also send me
an email and I will put you in touch with a reputable dealer. Odds are, I will
not be selling the machine you are looking for (since I rarely sell any
The Jennings Victoria Black Cat (circa 1930) is a rare machine. It is also known as the "witch". Perhaps the reason the Black Cat is so hard to find is that in general, gamblers are superstitious, and refused to play a machine with a witch or a black cat on it. One other interesting thing to note about the Jennings Victoria line is the jackpot mechanism. The Jackpot could be set to allow a certain amount of coins in it (60 was common) and no more. This feature allowed the operator/owner to know exactly how much was paid by the machine when a jackpot was hit. The Victoria was the only slot machine model made that did this. The Model B is another version of the Victoria line.
More information can be found on page 80 of Bueschel's "Slots 4" book.