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Coin: Five Cents 1941
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 cent in that metal.

This, the last issue under the control of the Company, occurred in 1941. One million each of the 1 and 5 cent coins were produced and placed into circulation that year.

The Japanese invasion in 1942 and occupation until 1945 ended the Company's control with the area becoming a British Colony after liberation.

CountryNorth Borneo CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Face value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents
Year1941 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage1,000,000 (1.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 1,000,000 (1.0 million)
MaterialCuproNickel Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)28 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)7.2000
Obverse

The Coat of Arms of the British North Borneo Chartered Company; on a shield, a lion above a dhow (native boat) with sails; the shield is supported by two native warriors, one holding a shield, the other a large native sword or 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 Limited, known as Ralph Heaton and Sons Limited before 1879).

Obverse inscription

(none)

Reverse

Within a circle of beads, value 5 CENTS on two lines; around, · STATE OF NORTH BORNEO · ; below, the date 1941.

Reverse inscription

5 CENTS STATE OF NORTH BORNEO · 1941 ·

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Five Cents 1941: Photos
Five Cents 1941: Photo Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1941
Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1941
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Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1941
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Five Cents 1941: Photo British North Borneo 1941-H 5 cents
British North Borneo 1941-H 5 cents
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Five Cents 1941: Photo British North Borneo 1941-H 5 cents
British North Borneo 1941-H 5 cents
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Five Cents 1941: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiBritish North Borneo SS 10
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 5
Five Cents 1941: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
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Five Cents 1941: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1941 British North Borneo 1941-H 5 cents - CoinFactsWiki
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List of all (8) coins of type: North Borneo / Five Cents
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