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which scales?

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Morning All,
Following fred's and littleboot's suggestion that I weigh the lead disc I found yesterday I have finally realised that I really must buy a practical, handy, accurate, trusty, set of scales to upgrade my existing ones ( see below!) I really don't need anything too fancy...!
Any advice or suggestions much appreciated!
All the Best and hope you al have a productive weekend!
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There are no shortage of scales available, mostly made in China. The only thing is to make sure that they weigh to 0.01 grams.

I have just replaced mine after about 20 years and I got one called a CS Digital Scale Professional Mini. It cost about a fiver and seems pretty good. ::g
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I use digital scales for reloading ammo for my shooting..

Regardless of what type you buy, I would also get a set of “check weights” as digital scales can be very inconsistent.

You can buy the proper ones which are “defined” weights or you can make your own using something like coins...simply weigh a coin, make a note of the weight and store both things away.

Let’s say it weighs 2.3g today...if you check weigh it again in a couple of weeks and get same results all is well...however if it weighs say 1.6g or 3.1g you know the scale is playing up and may need re zeroing or a new battery. Some scales do come with a “check weight” but ideally you want two or three of approx same weight range as your finds...
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Pete E wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:40 am
Some scales do come with a “check weight” but ideally you want two or three of approx same weight range as your finds...
A great idea Pete. ::g
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Easylife wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:45 am
Pete E wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:40 am
Some scales do come with a “check weight” but ideally you want two or three of approx same weight range as your finds...
A great idea Pete. ::g

Use a new 1p and a 2p coin to check the accuracy of the scales! :D
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I am in the market for digital scales to allow me to record the accurate weight of a single hammered coin so this information is helpful. Thanks.

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I have some I bought for about £7 like these. Work great ::g

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fred wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:27 pm
Easylife wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:45 am
Pete E wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:40 am
Some scales do come with a “check weight” but ideally you want two or three of approx same weight range as your finds...
A great idea Pete. ::g

Use a new 1p and a 2p coin to check the accuracy of the scales! :D
What should they weigh?
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Oxgirl36 wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:53 pm
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What should they weigh?
I will have to check at home tonight, but the exact weight doesn't really matter..

What matters is the consistency of the results..so if you weigh a couple of coins today, put them away safe along with a note of the weights, then in future you can always reweigh them to see if your scales have "drifted"

That said, a set of proper check weights on that well known auction site are about £5 delivered...since this thread was originally started , I bought some more to cover the lower range of weights..
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A Google search easily reveals the official new-condition weights of our coins.
The bronze 2p, 1p, 1/2p series have proportional weights 7.12g , 3.56g , 1.78g, so you can make up odd values in 1.78g steps.
Similarly the cupro-nickel 2 shilling ( or large 10p ) , 1 shilling ( or large 5p ) , sixpence have proportional weights of 11.3g , 5.65g , 2.83g.

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I ordered from the well known auction site:- Digital Scale. Professional-Mini. Today I tried it out. Put in a couple of Duracell AAA batteries. First coin on: Started at 1.44g then steadily decreased over a minute or so. Second coin, much the same. Bit of head scratching. Checked the voltage of the batteries using multimeter. Both ok. Then tried a wee trick I used when I did electronic fault finding. Replaced the 2 AAA batteries then gave them a spin around in their battery holders. (Can sometimes clean a slightly poor electrical connection). All ok now. Maybe coincidence but don't care. For less than £10 seems to be good now. One coin 1.40g and the other 1.38g. Info. now sent to TT at Edinburgh.

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