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Coin: One Cent 1887
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 1904 the Company moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel for the 1 cent.

CountryNorth Borneo CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Face value1 (x Cent) TypeOne Cent (Copper)
Year1887 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage6,000,000 (6.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 6,000,000 (6.0 million)
MaterialCopper Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)29 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.3300
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 date 1887; the mint mark (H for The Mint Birmingham Limited, known as Ralph Heaton and Sons Limited before 1879) is above the date.

Obverse inscription

1887

Reverse

Within a wreath of two olive branches, ONE CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated vertically in Chinese characters: 洋元一分 ("yang yuan yat fen", or "foreign dollar one cent"); below the wreath the denomination in Malay: ساتو سين; ("satu sen", or "one cent" in Jawi script); around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.

Reverse inscription

BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co. ONE CENT 洋元一分 ساتو سين

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

One Cent 1887: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
One Cent 1887: Photos
One Cent 1887: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
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One Cent 1887: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
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One Cent 1887: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiBritish North Borneo SS 7
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 2
One Cent 1887: 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
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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One Cent 1887: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
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List of all (17) coins of type: North Borneo / One Cent
One Cent 1882 One Cent 1884 One Cent 1885 One Cent 1886 One Cent 1887 One Cent 1888
One Cent 1889 One Cent 1890 One Cent 1891 One Cent 1894 One Cent 1896 One Cent 1904
One Cent 1907 One Cent 1921 One Cent 1935 One Cent 1938 One Cent 1941