1889 fifty cent is one of, if not, the most elusive coin of Straits Settlements. Despite what may seem as a substantial mintage of 32,000, most coins from this region unlike British or American counterparts were not saved and hoarded. Local Chinese, Malay and Indians spent most of there coins. What this means is that while a number like 32,000 is high, the actual number of survivors is likely a few as witnessed by the population report of NGC and PCGS. The finest by PCGS is a MS63 a choice example with splashes of speck and molten toning.
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