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Vendo Coin Changer

June 27th, 2008 · 29 Comments

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The Vendo Coin Changer

Manufactured between the late 1940’s and the mid 1950’s, the Vendo Coin Changer was originally designed for use in lunchrooms beside the Vendo V-83s. This machine gave the appropriate number of nickels in exchange for a dime or quarter that could then be used in the soda vending machine. Keep in mind that up until 1959 soda vending machines were only able to take nickels.

The coin changer was mounted on the wall beside the soda vendor, or placed on a stand beside it. Sometimes they were mounted right onto the side on the V-83. There were only two styles of the coin changer manufactured. The earlier version was a simpler design that was unable to give an indication to the customer when it was out of nickels. In the later version, a window in the upper left of the machine face would display an “Empty” sign when it was out of change. They were manually operated and did not need electricity to function.

A paper insert was placed under the Plexiglas on the face of the coin changer. The most common signs were those advertising Coca-Cola, but there were other brands also displayed.

Capacity: $20.00 in nickels
Dimensions: 15.5 in. high x 11.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep

Manufactured by:
Vendo Company
7209 N. Ingram Ave.
Fresno, CA

Blog in and tell us if you have one of these and have ever used one. What brands of soda have you seen on these?

Tags: Other Vending Machines · Vendo Coin Changer

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gwinn // Jul 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I am looking for information on a 1957 Pepsi Cola Vending Machine Model# H110 F. The manufacturer was Vendolator Mfg. Co. Any idea where I can get some info or pictures?

  • 2 William // Jul 30, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    I have the earlier version of the vendo coin changer. It works great and I get lots of comments on it.

  • 3 Steve // Oct 14, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I have just purchased a Vendo Coin changer that looks like it is in great shape. The inside of the door references a service manual. Does anyone know where I can find one?

  • 4 Eric Koester // Nov 18, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I found a Vendo coin changer just like the red one above. The image is not a soda reference, but rather just a picture of a bell boy saying get your nickels here.
    I bought it at a yard sale back in the 1970 or 80s

  • 5 William // Jul 16, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    I purchased the later version (with window) and restored it. Rechrome and paint job. I had to work on the mechanism to get it to work but works fine now. Now I have the both versions.

  • 6 Jeff // Oct 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    My grandfather, who worked as an engineer for Vendo, had one of these in his house. My understanding is that he was one of the designers of this machine, and may be on the original patent.

  • 7 Rusty // Oct 18, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Found one of these today in a store that is almost exactly as pictured. In wonderful shape but a bit too rich for my blood. Let me know if you’re interested and I’ll provide the seller’s information.

  • 8 thomas // Mar 28, 2010 at 2:40 am

    i found one in an attic, its in pretty good condition but I don’t know how much it is worth. If you have any idea on it please e-mail me at brooklynncooke@yahoo.com

  • 9 DIANE // Jun 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I have one that’s been restored on inside, but needs painted on the outside. Does anyone have any idea what it would be worth?

  • 10 robert // Jul 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    looking for a coin mech for my coin changer any body have one i could buy

  • 11 vintagevending // Jul 6, 2010 at 10:51 am


    Try posting on this site: http://soda-machines.com/index.php?option=com_adsmanager&Itemid=64
    Otherwise, if you need your coin mech to be restored, you can check out this site: http://www.fun-tronicsllc.com/coin.php

  • 12 Billy Hiett // Oct 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I have one just like the one in this article.Where would one get a key to unlock?It’s mounted on a piece of plywood.And where can a get a good value on this item.

  • 13 Norm // Jan 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I have one that is mounted on front of an old candy machine. Does anyone know the value of both the machine and coin changer? Please email me at deannamcintosh@yahoo.com.

  • 14 Angie mann // Jul 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    I am wondering how much one of these is worth if you read this could you tell me.

  • 15 daiv // Jul 30, 2011 at 4:41 am

    Just saw one of these coin changers on American Restoration on the History Channel. it was restored back to factory spec for $1,500 but it was painted Blue to sit next to a Pepsi machine.

  • 16 ken // Aug 26, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    One just sold on e-bay last week for about $950.00 I think

  • 17 Michael // Oct 1, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I have an all original pepsi cola h110 machine in great working condition I am interested in selling. I have done some research on finding collectors but yet to have any luck. Is anyone interested or know of a collector. Thanks

  • 18 harley0711 // Oct 9, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Have had one of these for about 15 years – early model – as posted, I saw the american restorations show – way over priced for just the resto – coin mech was working just fine.
    I would say restored 1K range.

  • 19 Aloha // Nov 6, 2011 at 2:28 am


    I also saw the one being restored and they charged about $1200.oo to restore it. Does anyone know what an original one in near mint condition is worth with the nickels from the 50’s still in it as well as the keys?

  • 20 Jerry // Dec 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Does anyone knows a person who works on the coin changer.

  • 21 steve // Jan 25, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I have one in perfect shape. Anybody interested in buying it? My e-mail address is lilavalon@aol.com

  • 22 Giovanni // Feb 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I have a vendo coin changer just like the one above with a different picture (mine has the bell boy on it). I am looking to sell it for the right price. It is in working condition and could use some restoration but nothing major (new paint and a rechrome)
    Contact me at giovanni_may@yahoo.com

  • 23 david odell // Feb 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm


  • 24 Darrell // May 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    looking to purchase a vendo coin changer restored or not Thanks……..

  • 25 Gregg // May 24, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    I have this same changer made for Canteen Corp. in the 50’s. It is all original, Canteen hamertone gray paint with the bell boy front card. In great working condition. Anyone interested , email me.


  • 26 Gregg // May 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    PS My email is g.rosky@mchsi.com


  • 27 Joe O // Feb 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I purchased an earlier one (no window) in very good condition. Does anyone know how to mount it as I don’t see evidence of where on the back of the unit.


  • 28 Hunter // May 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I’ve got one of the earlier models that’s in great shape to be all original, but needs some work on the coin mech. I’d be interested in selling it or in any help with repairing or purchasing a coin mech for it.

  • 29 JOE OSTROSKI // Jun 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I have the older version of the coin changer. I just completed a complete restoration, paint, chrome, decals, etc. looks and works great next to my Vendo 56.

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