One Cent (Copper), Coin Type from North Borneo - detailed information

One Cent (Copper), Coin Type from North Borneo (issued 1882 - 1907)
Coin TypeOne Cent (Copper)

The copper one cent coin measured 144 grains in the measurement units of the time, which is equal to 9.33 grammes. It was first authorised for circulation by Ordinance No.1 of 1882.

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

Obverse Inscription [year]
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
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists these coins as bronze. However, "The Coins of Malaysia" (1969) by Kevin Kavanagh and "The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967" (1986) by Singh Saran list them as made of copper.

References to additional information:

[Book] Atkins, James. 1889. The Coins and Tokens of the Possessions and Colonies of the British Empire. p 231.
[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: One Cent (Copper) - (12) Coins
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Cent 1882 2,000,000 1882
One Cent 1884 2,000,000 1884
One Cent 1885 1,000,000 1885
One Cent 1886 5,000,000 1886
One Cent 1887 6,000,000 1887
One Cent 1888 6,000,000 1888
One Cent 1889 9,000,000 1889
One Cent 1890 8,000,000 1890
One Cent 1891 3,000,000 1891
One Cent 1894 1,000,000 1894
One Cent 1896 1,000,000 1896
One Cent 1907 1,000,000 1907
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One Cent (Copper): Details
CountryNorth Borneo
CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Sub-type ofOne Cent
From1882
To1907
Face Value1 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialCopper
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size29.000 mm
Mass9.330 g
One Cent (Copper): Photos
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Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
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Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1887
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