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Coin measurement
« on: May 28, 2015, 12:15:55 PM »
Yesterday I bought another instrument to improve my coin measurement toolkit. I replaced my old typographical ruler (a Pica Pole is the English word for it, in Dutch a "ciceromaat") with a digital caliper. Here 's a picture of the old one and the new.
Maybe it's overkill, but I like instruments.

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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2015, 12:26:57 PM »
See also this index in Coin Collecting:

Coin accessories.

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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2015, 01:31:48 PM »
 My digital calliper has a solar panel.  ;D
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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2015, 11:47:39 PM »
My next calliper will have a windmill.

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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2015, 12:01:42 AM »
 ;D

I didn't realise until after I bought mine that a left-handed one would be much better. I tend to read this upside down and at times find the digital 2 and 5 confusing.
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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2015, 12:09:50 AM »
My previous calliper was powered by my thumb. :o I switched to an electronic version (powered by Japanese buttons) to accommodate my eyes.

I am somewhat confused, Pellinore. Did you measure your coins in pica/cicero?

Peter
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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2015, 12:58:04 AM »
;D

I didn't realise until after I bought mine that a left-handed one would be much better. I tend to read this upside down and at times find the digital 2 and 5 confusing.

Is that an Australian custom? 

Perhaps they make one for the southern hemisphere ;D

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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2015, 01:02:49 AM »
I am very left-handed.

I have managed to find a left-handed keyboard, and of course the mouse is easy to change to left-handed operation. Scissors too are a problem but I now have a pair of left-handed ones.  ;D
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Re: Coin measurement
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2015, 01:31:10 AM »
My previous calliper was powered by my thumb. :o I switched to an electronic version (powered by Japanese buttons) to accommodate my eyes.

I am somewhat confused, Pellinore. Did you measure your coins in pica/cicero?

Peter

 :) We have (I think) about a dozen rulers, and we use them all for measuring books and prints. If you can't find the one you work with usually, you are bound to stumble upon another one. Once I was trained as a typographer, and since then I love my nice old brass Pica Pole. There's not only picas on it, but also centimeters. That little hook makes it easier for standard measure.

But this new calliper is much more precise, too much so I think.
By the way, the man at the hardware store was amazed (and eager) to sell the calliper. It had been sitting in the shop for many years probably, for the cover was terribly bleached (a dark hardware store at that). 
Paul