Arcade coin bucket / cash box reference.

April 28th, 2009

One of the joys of arcade collecting and restoration is tracking down the proper cashboxes (also known as coin boxes, coin buckets, etc) for individual cabinets. While popular styles did come to the front as the industry progressed, there were no standards in the early days, and a multitude of coin door and cashbox designs were introduced as a result.

Here’s my attempt to make the Quest for the Proper Cashbox a little bit easier. As this is just a start, please reply with corrections, additional manufacturers and cabinets that use the listed boxes, and images and info about cashboxes that aren’t below, and I’ll continue to update the list.

Special thanks go to KLOV member modessitt for the initial images that are seeding this list.


1) Found in: Asteroids, Battlezone, Missile Command


2) Found in: Asteroids Deluxe, Centipede, Tempest


3) Found in: Atari Early 1980s Over/Under cabinets, Dig Dug, Kangaroo, Missile Command (mini), Space Duel


4) Found in: Atari Mid 1980s Over/Under cabinets, Atari System 1 cabs, Star Wars (UR, CP)


5) Found in: Early Midway cabinets, Tron, Ms. Pac-Man, Spy Hunter, Satan’s Hollow, Kick


6) Found in: Later Midway cabinets, Galaga, Pac-Man, Rally-X, Space Encounters, Wizard of Wor


7) Found in: Centuri cabs, Gyruss, Round Up, Vanguard


8) Found in: Taito Space Invaders (CT)


9) Found in: Sega/Gremlin cabinets, Astro Fighter, Frogger, Space Firebird


10) Found in: Midway Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga (CT)


11) Found in: Early Midway cocktails w/ single slot coin doors, Galaxian & Pac-Man (CT)


12) Found in: Super Pac-Man (CT)


13) Found in: Williams cabinets, Joust, Moon Patrol, Robotron, Sinistar, Stargate


14) Found in: Bally pinball? (need to verify)


15) Found in: IREM Madonna


16) Found in: Dragon’s Lair, Solar Quest


17) Found in: Stern Scramble

(Let’s fill in the gaps, so hit me up with what’s missing!)


8 Responses to “Arcade coin bucket / cash box reference.”

  1. editor on May 1, 2009 2:26 pm

    I work in the modern amusement scene, but still hark back to the early days; you brought back some memories flooding when I saw some of those drop boxes. If only they could speak – the skimming, the stuck quarters and yen.

    Thanks guys

  2. Preston on May 3, 2009 7:58 pm

    #10 is a cash box from a Midway Ms. Pac or Galaga Cocktail.

  3. bob on July 28, 2009 1:20 pm

    number 14 looks like a bally pinball coin box

  4. earlestell on August 19, 2013 2:41 am

    Do u still have the dragons lair cash box?

  5. Chris A on August 19, 2013 2:40 pm

    Never had one personally, that one was submitted by another user.

  6. Dan R on November 15, 2015 11:46 am

    #14 is the same kind of coinbox that my ex-boss has in his Space Invaders Pinball machine (Bally 1979), so I wouldn’t be surprised if that would be used in multiple Bally machines.

  7. trout on July 25, 2016 8:16 pm

    was that scramble one out of an original dedicated cabinet? theres no way that would fit in mine, its too tall.

  8. Thom on August 17, 2017 8:00 am

    My 1989 Tournament Cyberball 2074 cabinet uses #4.

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