Straits Settlements 1918 5 cents
This specimen was lot 23655 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 5 Cents, 1918. London Mint. NGC MS-61. Bright, untoned, and lustrous with a few light marks." This five cent piece is billon version of a denomination issued for the Straits Settlements until 1935. This denomination was originally .800 fine (KM 20, 1902-03), then .600 fine (KM 20a, 1910), then .400 fine (KM 31, 1918-20), then copper-nickel (KM 34, 1920), then back to .600 fine. The ten and twenty cents were similarly affected. This date is common in all grades. The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya.
Recorded mintage: limonite.
Specification: 1.36 g, .400 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM-31.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.