Five Cents (Silver), Coin Type from Sarawak - detailed information

Five Cents (Silver), Coin Type from Sarawak (issued 1900 - 1915)
Coin TypeFive Cents (Silver)

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.

These coins circulated until the Japanese occupation forces replaced them with their own invasion currency in 1942. 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.

Composition: 80% silver. The mass was 20.95 grains in the measurement units of the time, equal to 1.35 grammes.


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 5; around, FIVE · [year] · CENTS. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is below the knot.

Reverse Inscription 5 FIVE · [year] · CENTS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

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

Royal Mint
Royal Mint
Five Cents (Silver): Details
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Sub-type ofFive Cents
Face Value5 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Material0.800 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
Size15.5000 mm
Mass1.3500 g
Five Cents (Silver): Photos
Coin - 5 Cents, Sarawak, 1908
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Coin - 5 Cents, Sarawak, 1908
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY