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Offline natko

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Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« on: October 15, 2016, 06:49:12 PM »
I always discredited SCWC distinction of 2 santimi '37 and '39, since encountered examples online varied in between 19.0mm and 19.5 mm.

I don't have a caliper but my example of 1939, as well as 1922 are around 19.3mm, definitely not up to half of milimeter and only minutely larger than 10 santimi which is 19.0 mm, can be used as a reference, too.

Then I stumbled upon this article in Russian, from out esteemed member medved:
http://world-coins.weebly.com/latvia-2-santimi-1937.html

and as I could understand from a google translation, originals from 1937 definitely do have exact diameter of 19 mm and everything else are counterfeits. Which makes a lot of sense.

For these out there with calipers, it would be nice to hear about the measurements. It seems I need to get one, too.

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Re: Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2016, 10:05:39 PM »
The main thing to recognize fake - it is a weight, not a diameter
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Re: Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2016, 09:45:19 AM »
I don't have 1937 or 1939, but both my 1922 and 1926 are 19.5 mm, measured with calliper.

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Re: Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2016, 09:56:57 AM »
I don't have 1937 or 1939, but both my 1922 and 1926 are 19.5 mm, measured with calliper.
They all 19.5, except 1937
And I will repeat one more time - diameter is not a main thing, fake coins usual has the same diameter
THE MAIN THING IS WEIGHT

I know only 1937 fakes, I didn't saw any fakes of 2 santimi with different date
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Re: Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2016, 12:17:20 PM »
Of course. I just wanted to know how much the others vary in diameter and how much 1937 piece varies. Is it common e.g. for older issues to be in range of a few tenths of mm or not? It seems very hard to collect these, so your article is of a great help. Fakes seem to be more common than originals and for instance if coin is slabbed you can't weigh it anymore. One of the many reasons why I hate slabs. They're useless.

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Re: Latvia 2 santimi 1937 and others
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2016, 07:00:14 PM »
Diameter always strictly 19.5 without any tolerance (this for original coins, except 1937)
1937 has 19 mm like 10 santims 1922 coins.
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