Straits Settlements 1908 1/2 cent
This specimen was lot 23647 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $216. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 1/2 Cent, 1908. London Mint. NGC MS-64 Brown. The only collectible date of a two year type. A glowing purple-rose color gives it a desirable individual character." The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya. The onther date of this type, 1904, is a rare proof-only issue.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Specification: bronze, reeded edge.
Catalog reference: KM-18.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Orsini, Matt, Richard Ponterio and Kyle Ponterio, The January 2020 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2019.