Straits Settlements 1897 cent

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Heritage sale 3010, part of lot 23180
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 23180 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $184. The catalog description[1] 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.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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