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Detailed information about coin type: Fifty Cents from Sarawak:

Coin type: Fifty Cents
Description

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.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types Fifty Cents (Large)
Fifty Cents (Small)
Face value50 (x Cent)
Years produced1900 - 1927 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialSilver Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse inscriptionLegend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Reverse inscription
EdgeMilled Edge 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

Fifty Cents: Photos

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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List of 3 coins of type: Fifty Cents from Sarawak
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1900 40,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·
Fifty Cents 1906 10,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·
Fifty Cents 1927 200,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·
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