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Coin: Quarter Cent 1863
Description

James Brooke, whose head appears on the obverse of this coin, became Rajah of Sarawak in 1842 after receiving the land and title from the Sultan of Brunei. In 1863, through his British agents Buchanan, Hamilton & Co. he arranged for copper coins with the denominations of 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent to be struck in Birmingham. This was the only issue in his name. The Spanish dollar was the principle silver coin of the region at the time and the copper coins were fractions of it.

The artist was Joseph Moore of Allan and Moore, Great Britain.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value1/4 (x Cent) TypeQuarter Cent
Year1863 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) unknown No mint mark
MaterialCopper DesignerJoseph Moore
MonarchJames Brooke, Rajah EffigyPortrait by Joseph Moore
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)18 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.3300
Obverse

Head of James Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak, facing left. Around, J. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse inscription J. BROOKE RAJAH
Reverse

Value 1/4 CENT within wreath, around SARAWAK 1863.

Reverse inscription

1/4 CENT SARAWAK 1863

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Quarter Cent 1863: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof unknown
Bronze-plated proof unknown (hover mouse for text)
Quarter Cent 1863: Photos
Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Quarter Cent 1863: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 1
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM#1a (Bronze-plated proof)
Quarter Cent 1863: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof, Bronze-plated proof
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
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Quarter Cent 1863: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863 American Numismatic Society: Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
List of all (3) coins of type: Sarawak / Quarter Cent
Quarter Cent 1863 Quarter Cent 1870 Quarter Cent 1896