Straits Settlements 1897 cent
This specimen was part of lot 23180 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $184. The catalog description noted, "Trio of Copper Cents, 1874H, KM 9, About XF. 1897, KM 16, XF-AU. 1901, KM 16, XF. A scarce grouping." The type was struck in 1887-1901 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: 18,040,000.
Specification: 9.3 g, bronze, 29 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 16.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.