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Coin: Half Cent 1907

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.

CountryNorth Borneo CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Face value1/2 (x Cent) TypeHalf Cent
Year1907 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage1,000,000 (1.0 million)
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 1,000,000 (1.0 million)
MaterialBronze Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.6600

Shield of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow (boat); below, 1907; the mint mark (H for The Mint, Birmingham - also known as Heaton & Sons), above the date.

Obverse inscription



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.

Reverse inscription


EdgePlain Edge inscription


Half Cent 1907: Known varieties
Proof unknown
Half Cent 1907: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 1
Half Cent 1907: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
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
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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List of all (5) coins of type: North Borneo / Half Cent
Half Cent 1885 Half Cent 1886 Half Cent 1887 Half Cent 1891 Half Cent 1907