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1845 Sans WW One Cent

East India Company

Straits Settlements

Reverse DesignerWilliam WyonObverse DesignerWilliam WyonComposition97% CopperWeight9.33gMintCalcutta MintMonarchVictoriaEdgePlain

During the early 19th century, the dominant colony of the regions which were later amalgamated as the Straits Settlements, that being Penang, Malacca and Singapore, was the Spanish Dollar. Additionally Java rupees and guilders were often used in the colony but they had a reputation of having a silver content less than that of the Spanish Dollar. Because of this, in 1823 the government declared the Spanish Dollar the legal currency of the settlements but this left the colony without any lower denomination medium of exchange.

While some early trials were made, the coinage that eventuated as the first circulating coins for colony were the one quarter, one half and one cent coins bearing a wreath on the reverse with the legend EAST INDIA COMPANY and the date 1845 at the bottom despite the issue being stuck from 1847 to 1862. The denomination of ONE CENT is at the center of the reverse. The obverse features the Wyon Young Head portrait of Queen Victoria.

The One Cent is the most readily available of the three denominations though it is by no means a common coin in higher grades especially if sought with any amount of original red brilliance with no recent auction appearances of any mint state pieces other than those in BN holders as of February 2017.

Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here. MintageF12VF20XF40AU50MS621845 Sans WW18,526,00094 140 260 5 NGC/1942960-007 Oct/2007 ???? Heritage Auction Galleries 480 RB RD 2,500 7 PCGS/30363157 Aug/2015 ???? Eur Seree Collecting Co 19 PCGS Oct/2014 ???? Monetarium Singapore 2,900 4,800 Sales records only available with a Gold Subscription or higher, for subscription options, please click here.Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here. MintagePR601845 ProofUnknown16,000