1907, Straits Settlements, Edward VII. Silver Colonial Trade Dollar Coin.
Issued for the British territories in Southeast Asia.
Mint year: 1907
Denomination: Dollar (Trade Dollar)
Mint Place: Heaton’s mint (Birmingham, UK)
Condition: Scattered circulation marks, otherwise a ncie XF!
Composition: Silver (.900)
Obverse: Crowned head of Edward VII as King and Emperor, wearing Order of the Garter chain right. Mint initial (H) below.
Legend: EDWARD VII KING AND EMPEROR / H
Reverse: Ornate floral cross-like pattern with Chinese characters showing Chinese and Malay denomination.
Legend: STRAITS SETTLEMENTS – ONE DOLLAR 1907.
The Straits Settlements were a group of British territories located in Southeast Asia. Originally established in 1826 as part of the territories controlled by the British East India Company, the Straits Settlements came under direct British control as a crown colony on April 1, 1867. The colony was dissolved as part of the British reorganisation of its South-East Asian dependencies following the end of the Second World War. The Straits Settlements consisted of the individual settlements of Malacca, Penang (also known as Prince of Wales Island), and Singapore, as well as (from 1907) Labuan. With the exception of Singapore, these territories now form a part of Malaysia.
Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 â€" 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions and Emperor of India from 22 January 1901 until his death on 6 May 1910. He was the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, which was renamed the House of Windsor by his son, George V. Before his accession to the throne, Edward held the title of Prince of Wales and was heir apparent to the throne for longer than anyone else in history. During the long widowhood of his mother, Queen Victoria, he was largely excluded from political power and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite. The Edwardian period, which covered Edward’s reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including powered flight and the rise of socialism and the Labour movement. Edward played a role in the modernisation of the British Home Fleet, the reform of the Army Medical Services, and the reorganisation of the British army after the Second Boer War. His work in fostering good relations between Great Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called “Peacemaker”, was unable to prevent the outbreak of World War I in 1914.