Detailed information about Coin: Half Cent 1885 from North Borneo
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.
Although there was another production of this denomination made in 1907, the 1891 issue of half cents seems to have been the last to have seen widespread circulation. In 1903-1904 the Company 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; the 1/2 cent was not continued.
|Country||North Borneo||Currency||British North Borneo Dollar|
|Face value||1/2 (x Cent)||Type||Half Cent|
|Year||1885||Current||No (demonetised 1953)|
|Mintage||1,000,000 (1.0 million)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||23.5000||Thickness (mm)|
Shield of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow (boat); below, 1885; the mint mark (H for The Mint, Birmingham - also known as Heaton & Sons), above the date.
Within a laurel wreath, HALF CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated in Chinese characters: 洋元半分; below the wreath the denomination in Malay; around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.
BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co. HALF CENT 洋元半分
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||British North Borneo KM# 1|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Coin description|
|Museums Victoria Collections||2016||Coin description|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Mint|
|The Coins of Malaysia||1969||Mint|
|The Coins of Malaysia||1969||Mintage|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mintage|
|Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire||1889||Varieties||Proof|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Varieties||Proof|
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