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Detailed information about coin type: Half Cent from Sarawak:

Coin type: Half Cent
Description

In 1863 copper 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent coins bearing the portrait of Sir James Brooke were struck by the Ralph Heaton & Sons Mint in Birmingham, England. The dies for this coinage as well as the later copper coinage of 1870 were engraved by Joseph Moore.

Coinage bearing the portrait of the second white Rajah, Sir Charles Johnson Brooke, in copper bearing the denomination 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent were issued at various dates between 1870 to 1897.

All the coins of Sarawak from 1863 to 1941 were minted at the Ralph Heaton & Sons Mint in Birmingham (known as The Mint Birmingham Limited after 1879). However, the "H" mint mark on the coinage of Sarawak was only introduced in 1889.

During most of its existence, the half cent coin was copper with weight of 72 grains in the measurement units of the time, equal to 4.653 g, and had a diameter of 22.5 mm. The last issue of half cents was in 1933 in bronze, with smaller dimensions: 31.5 grains (2.04 g) and 18 mm.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types Half Cent (Large)
Half Cent (Small)
Face value1/2 (x Cent)
Years produced1863 - 1933 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Material Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse inscription
Reverse

Value HALF CENT within a wreath of two olive branches; around, SARAWAK and the date.

Reverse inscriptionHALF CENT SARAWAK [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Atkins, James. 1889. The Coins and Tokens of the Possessions and Colonies of the British Empire. pp 228-229
[Book] Saran, Singh. The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia Numismatic Society, 1986. pp 351-372.
[Book] Kavanagh, Kevin F. 1969. The Coins of Malaysia, pp 65-73
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. British Commonwealth Coins, pp 489-492

Half Cent: Photos

Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Notes: Large Half Cent (1863 - 1896).
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
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Notes: Small Half Cent (1933).
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Notes: James Brooke, Rajah (1863).
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
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Notes: Charles Brooke, Rajah (1870 - 1896).
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
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Notes: Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah (1933).
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List of 5 coins of type: Half Cent from Sarawak
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Half Cent 1863 unknown James Brooke, Rajah Portrait by Joseph Moore J. BROOKE RAJAH
Half Cent 1870 250,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
Half Cent 1879 250,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
Half Cent 1896 326,667 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
Half Cent 1933 2,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH