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Coin: Keping 1842
Description

This is a one year type. The 1842 Keping is a very rare coin and is usually found in "very good" to "fine" condition. Many modern counterfeits exist, both in copper and in brass.

The coin was authorised by the Rajah, James Brooke, in 1842. According to Remick's "Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971", these coins were minted at "a private mint in Birmingham" which was not the Heaton and Sons Mint.

Some were made in copper and some in brass. Most coins were copper.

In older sources, the name of the denomination may be spelled as "kapang" or "kepang".

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value1 (x Keping) TypeKeping
Year1842 CurrentNo (demonetised 1863)
Mintageunknown RarityR2 (Very Rare)
Mint
MaterialCopper or Bronze Designer
MonarchJames Brooke, Rajah Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.7500
Obverse

The obverse bears the image of a badger (or "brock") which was the crest of the Brooke Arms, turned to left; the initials J · B and the date SEPT 24 1841 (when James Brook was granted the title Rajah of Sarawak, though the official declaration to that effect only came on 18 August 1842).

Obverse inscription J · B SEPT 24 1841
Reverse

The reverse was struck from an old and worn out die bearing the denomination "Satu Keping" in Malay (one keping) and the date 1247AH (=1831), both in Arabic script. This die had been used earlier in the striking of Singapore merchant tokens.

Reverse inscription

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Saran, Singh. The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia Numismatic Society, 1986. pp 352 and 359.

Keping 1842: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Brass unknown (included in main number), Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Keping 1842: Photos
Keping 1842: Photo Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
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Keping 1842: Photo Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Keping 1842: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 1
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# Tn1 and Tn1a (Brass)
Keping 1842: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
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American Numismatic Society: Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
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