Recently a prominent retailer put up a whole lots of 1904 Straits Settlements Dollar on internet site. (a total of >10 coins) and i made the survey to see through if i can find the date variety as stated in catalogue.
Year 1904 Straits Settlements Dollar has total mintage of over 20 millions copies.
4 varieties in the date inscription is known to date.
|The Observe are all the same|
This is my amateur attempt to describe the difference via pictorial.
(i apologize for the slight rotated pics as the initial loaded pics were rotated as well.)
Variety One: Close 4 in date variety
|1. The gap between <0 and 4> is closer than <9 and 0>|
2. The height of 4 is parallel with 0
Variety Two: Close high 4 in date variety
|1. The gap is closer as the first variety example|
2. The height of 4 is higher than 0
|The gap between the <0 and 4> is even smaller if compared with close 4 varieties above|
Variety Four: Wide High 4 in date variety
|1. The <0 and 4> gap is wider compared to the above 3 varieties. (almost same space like the <9 and 0> gap)|
2. The 4 is higher than the 0
However if you have a huge collections for 1904 Straits Dollars, why not search and see if you have all those in your collections.