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Coin type: Two and a Half Cents
Description

The British North Borneo Company had the right to produce coin under its Royal Charter, granted in 1881. It had 1 cent coins struck in England from 1882 and 1/2 cent pieces from 1885. These coins were linked to the silver dollar as used in the Straits Settlement and Hong Kong.

In 1903-1904 it moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel, issuing 1 cent and new denominations of 2 1/2 cents and 5 cents in that metal.

The 2 1/2 cents denomination was short-lived, with only two issues. The coin measured 75 grains in the measurement units of the time, which is equal to 4.85 grammes.

CountryNorth Borneo CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types
Face value2 1/2 (x Cent)
Years produced1903 - 1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialCuproNickel Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.8500
Obverse

Shield of arms of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow (boat); native warrior supporters, one holding a shield the other as large machete; the crest, two arms holding a flag staff; below on ribbon the motto PERGO ET PERAGO (translation: I undertake and I achieve); below, the mint mark (H for The Mint, Birmingham - also known as Heaton & Sons).

Obverse inscription

Reverse

Within a circle of beads, 2 1/2 / CENTS; around, STATE OF NORTH BORNEO . [year] .

Reverse inscription

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Kavanagh, Kevin F. 1969. The Coins of Malaysia, pp 61-64

Two and a Half Cents: Photos

Coin - 2 1/2 Cents, North Borneo, 1920
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Coin - 2 1/2 Cents, North Borneo, 1920
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List of 2 coins of type: Two and a Half Cents from North Borneo
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Two and a Half Cents 1903 2,000,000
Two and a Half Cents 1920 280,000
Two and a Half Cents: Some useful external links
British Commonwealth Coins > British North Borneo - Britaly Coins