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Cma Or Cmu Written Above IHC In Whitman Folder

 
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 Posted 01/26/2021  12:21 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add TTmom to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm just now getting around to inventorying coins I inherited from my dad when he died 40! years ago.
they are of very modest numismatic value.

in the IHC folder, above several (not all, but many) of the coin slots he has written 3 letters -- cma or cmu.
i would guess 'cma'

I have searched & searched here, Wikipedia, all over the net & can find NOTHING!

does ANYBODY know what this refers to?
and, why is it important?

thanks
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01/26/2021 12:33 am
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 Posted 01/26/2021  02:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add PNWType to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Best I can think of is it being a reference to where he got it from, perhaps a dealer's initials, maybe a 'C.. Monetary Association' or the like, or even a shop name but shortened.

In terms of coin terminology though, I can't think of anything that would mean that is in general use
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 Posted 01/26/2021  03:32 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
IHCs 1859-1864 were made of copper-nickel, which is often abbreviated "CuNi." Could that have something to do with it?
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don't think so, @spruett, but thanks. I've looked up about bronze as well.
this is driving me nuts!
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The initials of the source of the coins makes the most sense to me - a relative perhaps? Otherwise, letter codes have been used by dealers to secretly record how much they paid for the coin - a ten letter word with unique letters where each letter translates to a number. We used PATHFINDER a long time ago - P=0, A=1, etc. However, it doesn't make sense that "CMA" or "CMU" is the same on many coins since it's doubtful that they all cost him the same amount. It's just the only other thing I can think of.
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Of all the blue folders I have from him, this is only one with such notations.
just dunno!
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