Straits Settlements 1885 cent

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Stack's Bowers 2015 NYINC sale, lot 1634
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 1634 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. Cent, 1885. NGC MS-62 BN. Scarce date. Sharply struck with traces of mint red." The type was struck in 1872-83 after the Straits Settlements were made a separate crown colony and is scarce in nice condition despite the large mintage. It was converted to bronze for the 1884 issue (KM 9a) and given a reeded edge for the 1889 issue (KM 16).

Recorded mintage: 7,412,000 plus proofs.

Specification: 9.3 g, copper, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM-9a; Tan-SSC16.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.

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