Fifty Cents (Large), Coin Type from Sarawak - detailed information

Fifty Cents (Large), Coin Type from Sarawak (issued 1900 - 1906)
Coin TypeFifty Cents (Large)

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.

Composition: 80% silver. The mass was 209.52 grains in the measurement units of the time, equal to 13.57 grammes.

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.


Head of Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak, facing left. Around, the monarch's legend C. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·.

Obverse Inscription C. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·

Within a rope circle tied at the bottom, the value 50; around, FIFTY · [year] · CENTS. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is below the knot.

Reverse Inscription 50 FIFTY · [year] · CENTS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Fifty Cents (Large): Details
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-type ofFifty Cents
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Material0.800 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size31.0000 mm
Mass13.5700 g
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Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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