Straits Settlements 1888 50 cents
The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya. This specimen was lot 1660 in Stack's Coin Galleries sale (New York, April 2010). The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. Victoria, 1837-1901. 50 Cents, 1888. Diadem head l. Rv. Value in circle. Mildest circulation. Gray and gold toning. Extremely Fine. From the Eliasberg Collection." This type was struck 1886-1901 and is scarce in all grades, unlike the smaller denominations.
Recorded mintage: 96,000.
Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver, .349 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: KM 13.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700, 6th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Kraljevich, John, and Frank Van Valen, Coin Galleries: Selections from the Estate of Louis E. Eliasberg, Jr. and other important properties, New York: Stack's, 2010.