Straits Settlements 1926 5 cents
This specimen was lot 31721 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $6,600. The catalog description noted, "British Colony. George V Proof 5 Cents 1926 PR63 NGC. A seldom seen and extremely attractive proof, seemingly unlisted by Pridmore for this year and thus worthy of further study. With brilliant white surfaces accentuated by the faint hairlines archetypal of polished dies, the crisp portrait of George V displays its full lush detail to a degree not seen on even contemporary British coins. KM lists no mintage figure for this type, only an arbitrary value of $2,800 in this grade; however, its rarity and eye appeal merits a re-reflection on the value of this specimen. Worthy of special attention, as this is the only Proof example of this date we have seen and we can reference no other piece having been sold." This five cent piece is the final type 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: 10,000,000 plus proofs.
Specification: 1.26 g, .600 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 36.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.