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I'm sure some will have, but I've never seen a slot running on a 1/2np. I was working in a cash business when decimalisation came in and on day one I was sent to the bank for the week's change. This included 2 bags of half NP. We never ever used those two bags. In fact, one bag was untouched when the 1/2np went out of service in 1984. I know we have seen this machine before and I believe this model Bally was made for cruise ships on 6d coins but I can't imagine it was ever a big earner on 1/2np. This one was later converted to take 1np and ended its working life on a south coast pier. The model name has certainly changed its meaning since it was made.
I have seen this once on a third party converted Sega Continental with very strange fruits on reels; in fact the guys still got it in his garage a mile up the road. Was asked if i wanted to buy an old bandit in his garage, didn't know the make, got all excited, went round and firstly it was a Continental which I would not touch with a barge pole. Secondly would never attempt to lift one again and third point, on new half pence coin. I had to do a double take, what???? half pence. Very disappointed.
The only arcade that I have every come across using the ‘new’ 1/2p was based at Margate. It was called the Sun Deck and had a huge number of vintage slot machines. I’d be interested to see a photo of the arcade from the inside if anyone has one.
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