Straits Settlements 1891 50 cents
This specimen was lot 21409 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $2,880. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 50 Cents, 1891. Victoria. NGC AU-58. Deep gray toned with excellent detail remaining within the intricate portions of the design and strong flash appearing in the fields. As a date, conditionally RARE in this near-Mint quality, this coin being one of two graded AU-58 at NGC with a single coin graded finer." The type was struck in 1886-1901 after the Straits Settlements were made a separate crown colony and is scarce in nice condition despite the large mintage.
Recorded mintage: 121,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver, .349 troy oz ASW, 31 mm diameter, reeded edge.
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.
- 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.