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Coin type: One Cent
Description

Sir James Brooke died in 1868 and was succeeded by his nephew, Charles Johnson who had previously adopted the surname Brooke on being named as his heir. He was created GCMG in 1888, the year in which the British government negotiated a treaty of protection. Britain undertook to look after foreign affairs, leaving the "White Rajahs" in control of internal affairs.

Sir Charles had been rajah for three years before he ordered a new series of coins bearing his profile. These coins followed the previous pattern, merely substituting the moustached portrait of Sir Charles, and the initial C instead of J in the title. The date 1870 appeared on the reverse, although the coins were not actually issued till the following year.

New cents and half-cents were ordered in 1879, but thereafter only cents were issued, at more or less annual intervals, till 1891 (with the exception of 1881 and 1883).

For much of this period orders for coins continued to be placed through Smith & Wright. In 1889, however, responsibility for ordering the coins was transferred to the British North Borneo Company in London and henceforward the coins were impressed with the H mint mark of the Heaton Mint.

Thus the cent dated 1889 exists in two versions, with or without the H mint mark which appears on the reverse, below the ribbon of the wreath. Some 3,210,000 cents were struck that year, equally divided between those with and without the mint mark.

All of the cents issued in 1890 had the mint mark, but in 1891 only about two-thirds of the mintage (1,623,888 in all) bore the letter H, while the others were unmarked.

The protected status of Sarawak was reflected in the design of the cent introduced in 1892. This coin had the same weight and diameter as its predecessors, but was slightly thicker, and had a central hole. Above the hole appeared the profile of Sir Charles Brook, while below were the crossed flags of Sarawak and Britain.

The wreathed value reverse was modified to allow for the central hole. These coins bore the H mint mark as before. Cents alone appeared in 1893 and 1894, but in 1896 they were joined by a comparatively small quantity of halves and quarters.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types One Cent (Copper)
One Cent (Copper, Holed)
One Cent (CuproNickel)
One Cent (Bronze)
Face value1 (x Cent)
Years produced1863 - 1941 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Material Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Obverse inscription

Reverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Reverse inscription

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

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] Kavanagh, Kevin F. 1969. The Coins of Malaysia, pp 65-73
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. British Commonwealth Coins., pp 489-492
[Article] History of Sarawak Coinage, James A Mackay, Coin Digest, 1989 Vol.2. No.1

One Cent: Photos

Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
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Notes: Copper cents reverse (1863 - 1891).
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Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1892
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Notes: Holed reverse (1892 - 1897).
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Cn cent, Birmingham, 1920
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Notes: Cupronickel (1920).
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Sarawak 1929-H cent
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Notes: Bronze cents reverse (1927 - 1941).
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Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Notes: James Brooke, Rajah (1863).
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Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
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Notes: Charles Brooke, Rajah (1870 - 1891).
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Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1892
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Notes: Charles Brooke, Rajah - holed obverse (1892 - 1897).
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Cn cent, Birmingham, 1920
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Notes: Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah - cupronickel (1920).
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Sarawak 1929-H cent
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Notes: Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah (1927 - 1941).
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List of 24 coins of type: One Cent from Sarawak
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
One Cent 1863 unknown James Brooke, Rajah Portrait by Joseph Moore J. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1870 unknown Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1879 750,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1880 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1882 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1884 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1885 2,140,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1886 2,014,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1887 1,605,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1888 2,133,333 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1889 3,200,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1890 3,210,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1891 1,623,888 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1892 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1893 1,633,888 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1894 1,632,776 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1896 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1897 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1920 5,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1927 5,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1929 2,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1930 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1937 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1941 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C.V. BROOKE RAJAH