On the first of April 1867 the Straits Settlements became a Crown Colony but it wasn't until 1871 that her first coins were struck with the lower denomination silver coins being first issued in 1871 and the copper in 1872, the copper being seen as less important as the previous British India issues were still in circulation. It would not be until 1886 and 1903 that the fifty cent and one dollar coins respectively would be struck.
The first designs featured a circular partitioned reverse with the denomination at the center and a legend which reads STRAITS SETTLEMENTS, the denomination and then the date at the bottom. The obverse featured the portrait of Queen Victoria.
The coins of the Straits Settlements are a popular series among collectors from Malaysia and British Commonwealth with the entire series being possible to complete with no major rarities though many of the earlier issues will command a significant budget, especially if sought in high grade.