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 Posted 08/09/2018  1:05 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add 4504 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have sometimes seen the initials "SM" immediately after and attached to the year on some foreign country NGC labels. I googled it and it seems to mean "Special Medal", or, "Special Mint". I have seen "SMS" also, which some people think means "Special Medal" (or "Mint") Series. Does anybody have any definitive proof one way or another? we all have seen funny or puzzling things on labels, I am just trying to figure out what the "SM" really means. thanks... mike
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 Posted 08/09/2018  2:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All depends on context, could be a catalog reference, possibly a mint mark, could just be an abbreviation for "small".
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 Posted 08/09/2018  3:37 pm  Show Profile   Check Errors and Varietys's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Errors and Varietys to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Getting pictures would help.
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ok, here is a link to such a listing with "sm" (I have seen it in both lower and upper case letters) right after/included with the date with NGC, while PCGS puts a dash between the date and the "sm". I have seen this on both value-of-coin coins and metals, o I think that it stands for "Singapore Medal" is out.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Singapore-..._TitleDesc=0

I am starting to get pretty sure it just initials for "Singapore Mint". I guess my doubts were because the "SM" letters are not always on the labels of Singapore coins and medals.

Thanks for the replies... mike
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 Posted 08/10/2018  03:25 am  Show Profile   Check Adam_E's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Adam_E to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In this case I believe "SM" is the mint location; "Singapore Mint"

At least thats my best guess based off the item description

Can you show an example of one that isn't from Singapore?
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I would assume it is used on coins and medals on which the actual SM mintmark appears. Not all Singapore Mint coins bear the SM mintmark (most circulation coins do not, for example).
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No Adam, I cannot, the "SM" seems to be only on some Singapore medals and currency coins, so I think we can safely assume that it means "Singapore Mint". And the only variations I can find on these is that NGC puts the sm in lower case right after and attached to the year, while PCGS puts a hyphen right after the year and then uses an uppercase SM.

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In my Krause Catalog, it shows some coins from Singapore listed as "1976sm Proof" and the notation says:

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sm = "sm" - Singapore Mint monogram
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(BTW, SMS means Special Mint Set.)
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I'm starting to really get irritated with all the usage of just a few letters for an explanation. Today at a coin show a dealer had a Canadian Cent I needed but it had WS after the date. Had to ask what that ment. It is supposed to mean With Strap. For all I know it could also mean Wide Stomach, Witches Stew, etc. Why are we all getting so lazy that we have to use only a few letters to say something. LOL.
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carl, I am with you. the initials can drive you crazy, especially ones you have not seen before. if I ran across a coin that was labled "ws", I would problably go with my standard behavior for dealing with irritating issues... which is to stick my head in the freezer until I agree to come out. The most logical explanation would be for the grader's sake of brevity, in that labels do not allow room for a whole lot of explanations. I eventually came up and wrote an entire list of what all these abbreviations mean and it is a long list. what is irritating to me is that in many cases there is more than enough room to spell it out in the labels. The more conspiracy-related part of my mind tells me that it is all part of the world communist plot to drive coin collectors crazy because, due to our vast knowledge about your typical commie rat, we are somehow a danger to them. I am willing to admit that this is just a personal viewpoint and are very likely wrong however.
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