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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Straits Settlements, 1845 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 13944

Summary:
1/2 Cent, Issued by Straits Settlements, Malaysia, Penang, Malacca, Singapore, 1845
Minted by Calcutta Mint, India
Statement Of Significance:
The date 1845 on the copper issues for the Straits Settlements does not indicate the year in which a coin was struck. An East India Company ruling dated 22 April 1835 specified that "The year of the dies will represent the era of the alteration of the coins and will not need to be changed until a new coin shall be ordered to be struck". This ruling was applied to the Straits issue, it was 1862 before a new design was introduced. The 1845 coins did not arrive until May 1847 so all copper coins introduced to circulation between that date and 1862 bore the date 1845.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 22 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.385 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Calcutta Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, Kolkata, India, 1757-1952, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Malaysia - Straits Settlements
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Straits Settlements
DateEra: 1845 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Cent
Obverse Description: Head of the Queen wearing coronet or diadem ornamented with a scroll facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN. The ends of the coronet are connected by a band which is partly hidden by the hair. The hair is drawn into a knot decorated with beads behind the head. The artist's initials, WW, on neck truncation.
Reverse Description: Within a laurel wreath, HALF / CENT; around above, EAST INDIA COMPANY; below, 1845
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Straits Settlements (Malaysia), 1845
Mint: Calcutta (Mint), India, 1845
References: KM#2
Pridmore 30
Pridmore, Fred. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, pp.34-35
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006
  2. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, Government Printing Office, Singapore, Singapore, 1955

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