Straits Settlements 1916 20 cents
This specimen was lot 23653 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2020), where it sold for $216. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 20 Cents, 1916. London Mint. NGC MS-61. The better date of a two year type. Lightly toned, no obnoxious faults." This twenty cent piece for the Straits Settlements with the portrait of George V. This denomination was originally .800 fine (KM 23, 1902-03), then .600 fine (KM 22a, 1910), then .400 fine (KM 30a, 1919), then back to .600 fine. The five and ten cents were similarly affected. This date is not common and does not display the "B" mintmark noted in the SCWC. The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya.
Recorded mintage: 545,000.
Specification: 5.43 g, .600 fine silver, 23 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-30; Tan-SSC36.
- 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.