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Published July 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

'Target Practice'


A penny can be sent shooting through this machine’s side slot to fall into the web of nail-heads below. The white metal “Target Practice” machine is about 80 years old. The pennies drop according to the rules of Pascal’s triangle (remember that from math class?), and you rarely hit the target. This 1-cent Mills Penny Drop trade stimulator made for a store countertop sold for $500 at a recent Victorian Casino Antiques auction in Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Daniel Sidlow
Read the article: Kovels Antiques: Coin-operated machines have a rich history