This is the case on hotstamped chips, and older inlaid chips, but not newer ones from my observation. For instance Paris LCV has a recess (and SCV on opposite side), though the recess may be slightly shallower than the SCV chip.Is it always the case that the LCV's inlay area isn't recessed and SCV's always are recessed? Because that at least usually seems to be the case.
In addition to differences in cane angle, cane length, hat height, and recess depth, the SCV mold also has a narrower outer ring than the LCV chip, which results in the bottom of the hats on LCV chips to be closer to the inner circle mold mark.
Neither of those chips are THC molds -- the top pic is a 39mm
Those turning stone weirdos are a real oddity. The mold is clearly different than other LCVs, the recess cuts into the hats. A recess that isn't there on chips from that time. As you noted, modern LCV chips have a deeper recess, but this doesn't match the turning stone mold either.This is the case on hotstamped chips, and older inlaid chips, but not newer ones from my observation. For instance Paris LCV has a recess (and SCV on opposite side), though the recess may be slightly shallower than the SCV chip.
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FWIW, there are differences in texture between the molds, LCV has slightly coarser cross hatching. This leads to a slightly different feel particularly in hotstamps. The lack of a recess also lends a slightly different sound to the LCV vs SCV. And the diameter of the inner ring is slightly smaller on LCV chips vs SCV leading to weird issues with 1" inlays.
LCV 1" vs SCV 1"
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