Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Sarawak - detailed information

Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Sarawak (issued 1900 - 1927)
Coin TypeFifty Cents

Silver coinage was introduced in Sarawak in 1900. The weights and fineness of the silver coins of Rajah Charles Brooke corresponded with the respective issues of Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements. The first coin of the denomination was authorised for circulation with Government Notice No. XXX dated 1st August 1900.

These coins circulated until the Japanese occupation forces replaced them with their own invasion currency in 1942. During World War II, the occupiers melted down most of the silver coinage they could find. Much of the silver coming now on the market was used as ornaments. In some cases coins may have been buried with the dead and show small solder marks or (filled) holes. The coins were coated with a purple die when buried with the dead.

After the war, Sarawak did not regain independence and eventually became one of the states forming the Federation of Malaysia. Its coinage was formally demonetised in 1953.

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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 351-372.
[Book] Kavanagh, Kevin F. 1969. The Coins of Malaysia, pp 65-73
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. British Commonwealth Coins, pp 489-492

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Fifty Cents: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-types Fifty Cents (Large)
Fifty Cents (Small)
From1900
To1927
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialSilver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size
Mass
Fifty Cents: Photos
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Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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Notes: Fifty Cents Large (1900, 1906).
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Sarawak 1927-H 50 cents
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Notes: Fifty Cents Small (1927).
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Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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Notes: Charles Brooke, Rajah (1900, 1906).
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Sarawak 1927-H 50 cents
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Notes: Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah (1927).
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