Straits Settlements 1908 dollar
This specimen was lot 23642 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $115. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. Dollar, 1908. London Mint. NGC AU-58. Some bag marks, no real signs of wear, quite lustrous." This dollar is one of a three year type issued for the Straits Settlements during 1907-09. It represents a reduction from the first issue of Edward VII (KM 25, struck 1903-04) which was 26.95 g, and the issue of George V (KM 33, 1919-26) was reduced even further to 16.85 grams. The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya.
Recorded mintage: 4,152,000.
Specification: 20.21 g, .900 fine silver, 34.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-26; Tan-SSC35.
- 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.