Straits Settlements 1919 5 cents

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This five cent piece is billon version of a denomination issued for the Straits Settlements until 1935. This denomination was originally .800 fine (KM 20, 1902-03), then .600 fine (KM 20a, 1910), then .400 fine (KM 31, 1918-20), then copper-nickel (KM 34, 1920), then back to .600 fine. This date is common in all grades. The Straits Settlements began as a miscellaneous group of trading stations in Southeast Asia and gradually developed into what is now Malaya.

Recorded mintage: 6,900,000.

Specification: 1.36 g, .400 fine silver.

Catalog reference: KM 31.

Source:

  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.

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