Straits Settlements 1898 50 cents

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Heritage sale 3010, part of lot 23181
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 23181 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), where it sold for $230. The catalog description[1] 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 1886-1901 after the Straits Settlements were made a separate crown colony and is scarce in nice condition despite the large mintage. This date is common for the type.

Recorded mintage: 160,000.

Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver, .349 troy oz ASW, 31 mm diameter, reeded edge.

Catalog reference: KM 13.


  • 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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