Straits Settlements 1889 1/2 cent
This specimen was lot 1130 in Stephen Album sale 27 (Santa Rosa, CA, January 2017), where it sold for $352.50. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS: Victoria, 1867-1901, AE ½ cent, 1889. Virtually full red, one-year type (except for proofs), nice color and strike, NGC graded MS64 RB, R." The first half cent was struck in 1872-75 and 1883 and is scarce despite the large mintage. It was converted to bronze for the 1884 issue (KM 8a) and given a reeded edge for the 1889 issue (KM 15) when production for circulation ceased.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM-15.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Album, Stephen, Joseph Lang, Paul Montz, Michael Barry and Norman Douglas Nicol, Auction 27, featuring the Dr. Paul Stevens Collection of Indian Coins, Part VI, Santa Rosa, CA: Stephen Album Rare Coins, Inc., 2016.