Five Cents, Coin Type from North Borneo - detailed information

Five Cents, Coin Type from North Borneo (issued 1903 - 1941)
Coin TypeFive Cents

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 1903-1904 it moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel, issuing 1 cent and new denominations of 2 1/2 cents and 5 cents in that metal.

The five cents coin measured 112.5 grains in the measurement units of the time, which is equal to 7.20 grammes, and had a composition of 75% copper and 25% nickel.

It was first authorised for circulation by Currency Ordinance No.11 of 1903.

The last 5 cent coins were issued in 1941, with the Japanese invasion in 1942 ending the series.

The currency of the British North Borneo Company was demonetized on 1st September 1953, after which date the currency of the Board of Commissioners of Currency Malaya and British Borneo became sole legal tender. The latter was gradually replaced by the coinage issued by Bank Negara Malaysia which was introduced in Sabah in 1967 and finally became sole legal tender on 16th January 1969.

North Borneo / Five Cents - obverse photo

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 mint mark (H for The Mint Birmingham Limited, known as Ralph Heaton and Sons Limited before 1879).

Obverse Inscription (none)
North Borneo / Five Cents - reverse photo

Within a circle of beads, value 5 CENTS on two lines; around, · STATE OF NORTH BORNEO · ; below, the date.

Reverse Inscription 5 CENTS STATE OF NORTH BORNEO · [year] ·
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

References to additional information:

[Book] Kavanagh, Kevin F. 1969. The Coins of Malaysia, pp 61-64.
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. The Guide Book and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins, pp 82-85.
[Book] Saran, Singh. The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia Numismatic Society, 1986. pp 373-411.

Coin Type: Five Cents - (8) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Five Cents 1903 1,000,000 (none)
Five Cents 1920 100,000 (none)
Five Cents 1921 500,000 (none)
Five Cents 1927 150,000 (none)
Five Cents 1928 151,000 (none)
Five Cents 1938 500,000 (none)
Five Cents 1940 500,000 (none)
Five Cents 1941 1,000,000 (none)
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Five Cents: Details
CountryNorth Borneo
CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size28.0000 mm
Mass7.2000 g
Five Cents: Photos
Five Cents: Photo Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1928 Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1928
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Five Cents: Photo Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1928 Coin - 5 Cents, North Borneo, 1928
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY