Straits Settlements 1872-H 1/2 cent
This specimen was lot 39655 in Stack's Bowers Winter sale (Baltimore, November 2015), where it sold for $998.75. The catalog description noted, "STRAITS SETTLEMENTS. 1/2 Cent, 1872-H. PCGS MS-62 BN Secure Holder. Fewer than a dozen graded mint state at NGC and PCGS combined. Discussions on the internet suggests that what few examples are available today probably originated from the mint cabinet in Heaton. Thick medium brown patination, a bit more glossy on the obverse. A real find for the specialist in this type coinage." The type was struck in 1872-75 and 1883 and is scarce despite the large mintage. It was converted to bronze for the 1884 issue (KM 8a) and given a reeded edge for the 1889 issue (KM 15) when production for circulation ceased.
Recorded mintage: 5,610,000.
Catalog reference: Prid-196; KM-8.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 9th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, and Todd McKenna, The November 2015 Baltimore Auction, World Coins and Paper Money, featuring the Ray Czabor Collection and selections from the Strong Museum, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2015.