Straits Settlements 1898 1/4 cent
This specimen was part of lot 23181 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $230. The catalog description noted, "A Mixed Nine Coin Grouping: 1/4 Cent 1898; Cent 1897; 10 Cents 1902 (two pieces); 20 Cents 1898; 50 Cents: 1898, 1903, and 1921 (two pieces). Coins grade Fine-AU. A Lot to be carefully studied." The type was struck in 1889-99 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 7a) and given a reeded edge for the 1889 issue (KM 14).
Recorded mintage: 1,600,000.
Specification: bronze, 18 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 14.
- 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.