Collectibles-General (Antiques)/Golden Nugget

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QUESTION: Hello again
My Grandpa asked me to help him sell his slot machine that he has had for a very long time now. It is on a solid oak custom made pedestal that has a locking cabinet inside the base and the top rotates 360 degrees like a lazy Susan. The wording on the front of the machine says "Golden Nugget Gambling Hall" and there are numbers that look like they were stamped on the side. From what I can make out they look to be "2514?5" the question mark represents the number that I can't read. It is a nickle machine and he said that he was pretty sure that it was made by Mills. It's in perfect working condition and is full of Buffalo Nickles from game play. Any help with the value of this machine would be appreciated so that I don't end up selling it for too little.

Thanks in advance!

ANSWER: Hi Julie,

This is a hard question, as this is not an original golden nugget machine that came out of the golden nugget casino. By the looks of the cabinet, the front of it I would venture to guess that this is an original Mills slot machine with a reproduction golden nugget kit installed on it. There are a lot of these out there. The original golden nugget casino machines are extremely rare and there is a few of them, I had one once and you can see it here:
http://www.coinslots.com/slots/slots-sold/golden/ Notice the chrome casted frame around the wood bottom of the original, also the original had Formica covered wood sides. Also you can tell my feeling the symbols on the award card and the top piece, the originals were acid etched, and the symbols were indented in the metal because of the acid etching so they are recessed and when painted you can still feel that they are in the metal or recessed, painted symbols, on the reproductions they are silk screened so they are painted on flat metal and the paint sticks up, not down into the metal like originals were. They made a lot of complete reproductions golden nugget machines, thousands of them most made by a company called: Royal Bell and I think you can still find their web site on the internet. In the early days they would just add a golden nugget kit to an original mills machine like a black cherry, to make it into a golden nugget and I think this is what you might have, maybe which would be 10 times better than a complete copy or reproduction machine. Also the handle is also wrong; yours has a casino handle on it where originals have a shorter sword handle that was much shorter. The taller casino handle made it easier to play as you had more leverage when pulling the handle down. You have a nice aftermarket slot stand that alone is worth around 300.00. Your machine should sell in or around 800.00 to 1,400.00 and the stand for maybe another 300.00. The pair on say ebay auction might net around 1,200.00 or better, just hard to say.  Here on someones web site is a good description on how to tell and spot a reproduction slot machine:

http://www.ibuyoldslots.com/ReproArticle.html

To get an idea of how reproduction golden nuggets are going for or I should say, what they are asking for them, here is links to a couple like yours on ebay right now, remember this is what they are asking for them and not what they might sell for:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mills-golden-nugget-slot-machine-/111624003757?pt=LH_Def

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MILLS-GOLDEN-NUGGET-25cent-reproduction-remanufactured-/ (I think this one might be a royal bell made complete reproduction and might only sell in the 600.00 range as they are poor quality, and complete reproductions)

Well I guess you know now the whole story on this, but I think you may have a good Mills made machine with a golden nugget kit on it which would include the removable parts on the front and the reel strips, I just can't tell without seeing the inside of the machine if it is a Mills original machine or a reproduction.

I hope this helps you somehow in having some idea of what to ask for it, in today's market if you got say 1,200.00 to 1,400.00 for everything I would think you did ok on it and didn't get hurt on it.

Thank You
Rodger Knutson
http://www.coinslots.com


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QUESTION: Thank you so much for that information and I will try to get a picture of the inside of the machine. The links that you provided were very informative as well. If it were an original, what would be a good asking price in your opinion? Just in case I check it out and verify that it is - that way I don't have to bother you again. :)

Thanks in Advance!!

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Hi Julie,

This value depends if you have an original Mills mechanism in side and a original case. Say you do, value might run from 900.00 to 1,400.00, maybe 1,000.00 to 1,100.00 on average. If you had an original one, (very rare but I had one and they are out there) you would be looking at a value of around 3,500.00 to 4K. You can see an original "Golden Nugget" on my web page at: http://www.coinslots.com
Thanks and ask questions anytime:
Thank You
Rodger Knutson
http://www.coinslots.com

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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: info@coinslots.com My web site is at: http://www.coinslots.com

Experience

I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

Organizations
C.O.C.A. and other slot and coin operated machine groups, associations, groups, and clubs.

Publications
Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Education/Credentials
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

Awards and Honors
Take a look at my allexperts rating, and my guest book, links to these are at http://www.coinslots.com Also you can check my 100 percent rating on ebay, as I have been there with ebay from their day one, I am user coinslots at ebay. My other awards come from the very people that I deal with, I always make them happy, no matter what it takes, but they always are happy anyway as the countless thank you letters testify to me, so I know I am doing right, and the best I can. I have found so many hard to find parts for people, I hunt them down and don't stop until I find what is needed to get that customers machine running again and back to life, that is my main goal.

Past/Present Clients
Client privacy prevents this answer, as some are VIP and famous and I will not betray the trust.

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