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Coin: One Cent 1896

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 (Bronze)
Year1896 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)29 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.3300

Shield of arms of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow (boat); native warrior supporters one holding a shield the other a large machete; the crest, two arms holding a flag staff; below on ribbon the motto PERGO ET PERAGO (translation: I undertake and I achieve); below, 1896; the mint mark (H for The Mint, Birmingham - also known as Heaton & Sons) above the date.

Obverse inscription



Within a laurel wreath, ONE CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated in Chinese characters: 洋元一分; below the wreath the denomination in Malay: ساتو سين; around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.

Reverse inscription


EdgePlain Edge inscription


One Cent 1896: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 2
One Cent 1896: 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
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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