Straits Settlements 1885 cent
This specimen was lot 1634 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $1,762.50. The catalog description 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.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- 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.