Coinco vs. Coin Controls

This question is actually one of the things that made me start taking pictures.

Here are some ways to tell Coinco doors from Coin Controls (aka WG/Happ) doors. They look pretty similar to one another.

Coinco doors use this khaki color pastic of plastic on the inside. [TODO: Insert picture.]

distinctive Coinco insert

Coinco coin doors use the distinctive insert shown above. The slot is not part of the reject button.

Coin Controls doors use this more bland insert.  Sometimes, Atari’s logo was featured on the button as well. Of course, nothing prevented operators from moving inserts around, but they tended to stick with the door.

A better indication is that the coin slot is part of the reject button on Coin Controls doors. On Coinco doors, the button makes up one side of the slot, but the bezel itself is the left, top, and bottom.

Coin Controls uses metric hardware.  Coinco uses imperial-unit hardware.

Coinco doors seem to have stopped sometime in the mid ’80s. I had one on an APB (1987), and Williams used them for pinball until around 1988. I haven’t seen any on newer games, and Coinco stopped supporting the amusement industry at some point in the ’90s.

On older Atari games, like Missile Command or Asteroids/Deluxe, a “pinball” door (the one that is longer than it is tall) is probably a Coinco door (or an Owl Eye door). It’s on the over/under (tall, skinny) doors where I got confused. On Star Wars, for instance, Atari used both types of these doors. (TODO: Confirm both are mentioned in manuals.)

On Williams arcade games, I think the black doors are all Coinco. (Defender had the shiny Williams pinball coin door.)

Coinco never made a DBV door, so if you have a DBV door. Those are all either Coin Controls or Entropy, which are somewhat easier to tell apart.

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