1 Cent, Issued by Straits Settlements, Malaysia, Penang, Malacca, Singapore, 1873
Minted by Calcutta Mint, India

Pridmore states 'Most of the copper coinage was executed by the Indian Government Mint, Calcutta'

Obverse Description

Head of the Queen, wearing coronet or diadem ornamented with jewels, facing left; around, VICTORIA QUEEN. The ends of the coronet are connected by a band decorated with a scroll which is partly hidden by the hair. The hair is drawn into a knot behind the head and teied with a bow at the back of the head.

Reverse Description

Within a circle of beads, 1; around above, STRAITS SETTLEMENTS; around below, ONE CENT 1873

Edge Description



'The Straits Settlements were transferred from the control of the Indian Government to that of the Secretary of State for the Colonies on April 1, 1867; and a local Act was at once passed which established the silver dollar (Hong Kong, &.) as the legal tender of payment, and provided for a subsidiary coinage. Under this Act a silver and copper coinage was applied for in 1871. ... The first copper coins were struck in 1872 at Birmingham'

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