Straits Settlements 1903 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), which sold for $230. The catalog description[1] noted, "A Mixed Nine Coin Grouping: ...50 Cents: 1898, 1903, and 1921 (two pieces). Coins grade Fine-AU. A Lot to be carefully studied." The type was struck in 1902-05 but is not common. This type was 13.57 g, .800 fine as noted below; the type of 1907-08 was 10.10 g, .900 fine and the type of 1920-21 shrank to 8.42 g, .500 fine silver.

Recorded mintage: 193,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: 13.57 g, .800 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 23.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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