Old British Assayer's weight

Discussion in 'What's it Worth' started by pdoelger, Dec 7, 2018 at 12:38 PM.

  1. pdoelger

    pdoelger New Member

    A customer just brought in four old (1700s?) Great Britain assayer's medals. Can anyone tell me about these. Seem pretty interesting.
    Pete
     

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  3. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Those do seem pretty interesting. Unfortunately, I can't help you with information
     
  4. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    Coinweights, not assayers nor medals
     
  5. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    You say coinweights. Are these a standard weight for a certain coin?
    Like used to tell if coin is real? Or used to weigh blanks/planchettes with?
     
  6. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Yes to the first question. Maybe, sometimes, to the second as well. (?)

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coin_weights

    (Side note: the glass weight shown in that article is neat. I did not know they existed.)
     
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  7. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    They were used to check the correct weight of mainly gold and silver coins on a balance scale, to check if they were genuine.

    Here are some pictured on Tony Clayton's site, who is a member of CT.

    http://www.coins-of-the-uk.co.uk/pics/weights/index.html
     
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  8. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    These were used to weigh a coin with a weight of 3 pound / twelve shillings?
     
  9. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Well-Known Member

    No not the weight in pounds but the weight to see if it matched the value £3-12s
     
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