Straits Settlements 1890-H 50 cents
This specimen was lot 43996 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $132. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 50 Cents, 1890-H. Heaton Mint. PCGS VF-35 Gold Shield. Free of significant flaws and thus highly collectible for the grade sensitive issue." This type was struck 1886-1901 and is scarce in all grades, unlike the smaller denominations.
Recorded mintage: 42,000, a much better date but not the key.
Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-13; Tan-SSC30.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.