I would really appreciate some advice on coin scales.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by AuldFartte, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. AuldFartte

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    Which coin scale do you use, why, and where can I get a good one?

    Thank you so much for any and all replies. :happy:
     
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  3. Exodus_gear

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  4. AuldFartte

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  5. DonnaML

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    I didn't follow the link to the one posted, but I would suggest that you buy a digital scale that measures in 100ths of a gram rather than only 10ths. It will be much more accurate by definition, and therefore much more useful.
     
  6. Inspector43

    Inspector43 73 Year Collector Supporter

    I have one just like it. Great tool and no problems.
     
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  7. cmezner

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    My first one was a WiseField Digital Pocket Jewelry Scale 200g/0.01g - and many times I got different readings for the same coin - so, after a while I got an American Weigh Scales - Digital Milligram Scale - Multi-Use, 20 x 0.001g and problem solved for coins weighting <= 20 g. For the heavier ones I still use the WiseField one
     
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  8. otlichnik

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  9. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Why would you need them? Most coins have the weight/ size in auction description.
     
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  10. DonnaML

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    For coins with no weight information? To confirm the dealer information? For doing specific gravity tests?
     
  11. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Basileus Megalos

    Mine is very similar to @Exodus_gear - but not identical. It is accurate to .01 grams. Very useful when you need to weigh bulk lot coins or others that came without size/weight measures. To check size I have a caliper rated to the tenth of a millimeter. (Got it for $10 on Amazon).
     
  12. DonnaML

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  13. Silphium Addict

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    I also prefer weights to 0.01 gm. I have a Smart Weigh jewelry digital scale which seems to be pretty accurate. I also have a Ohaus triple beam balance (remember high school chemistry?) which is very accurate, but significantly slower to use. It is useful for confirmation of digital weights and weighing heavier items that exceed the digital scale’s limit.
     
  14. cmezner

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    exactly
     
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  15. bcuda

    bcuda El Ibérico loco Supporter

    I have just the dish part of the weight scale like yours.
    It is circled in red. If you click on the image it will show it up close.
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  16. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I do also but warn not to take that last digit too seriously. Whether you get one, two or three digits, don't take that last digit as gospel. The Fuzion has two advantages as I see it. Many scales come with a 100g calibration weight and its is only 50g which is closer to the weight of the coins it will be used for. I would prefer a unit that would allow you to adjust calibration at any level so you could match your scale to the ones owned by you favorite dealer. My average coin is closer to 3 grams so I would prefer something that was more accurate there than at the top number.
     
  17. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    I went to my local 'head' shop and unsurprisingly they had many scales at all price levels. The staff was most helpful too ... although I'm not sure if they believed me when I said I needed a scale for weighing coins. Lol

    They also had calibration weights.
     
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  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Hey, that is what I have! It has been a great scale for me. Up to 200g (I have several AES Grave, and to the 100th decimal. (I try only to record to the 10th - doesn't matter after that... but the Hundredth Decimal place is great for weight Tetartemorions.

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  19. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

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  20. DonnaML

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    That's exactly what it looks like!
     
  21. otlichnik

    otlichnik Well-Known Member

    David in a "head" shop buying a digital scale for coins has to be the best mental picture of the year so far!

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