Straits Settlements 1902 50 cents
This specimen was lot 30954 in Heritage sale 3029 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $646.25. The catalog description noted, "Edward VII 50 Cents 1902, AU55 NGC. Argent-gray patina with surfaces showing only light rubbing on the high points. A scarce first-year issue of this Edward VII type." This denomination was 13.57 g until 1905, then 10.10 g (1907-08), then 8.42 g (1920-21). None were issued after 1921. The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya.
Recorded mintage: 148,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver, .349 troy oz ASW, 31 mm diameter, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM 23.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Stuart Levine and Bruce Lorich, Heritage World and Ancient Coins Auction 3029, featuring Selections from the Eric P. Newman Collection, Part III, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.