Quarter Cent, Coin Type from Sarawak - detailed information

Quarter Cent, Coin Type from Sarawak (issued 1863 - 1896)
Coin TypeQuarter Cent

In 1863 copper 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent coins bearing the portrait of Sir James Brooke were struck by the Ralph Heaton & Sons Mint in Birmingham, England. The dies for this coinage as well as the later copper coinage of 1870 were engraved by Joseph Moore.

Coinage bearing the portrait of the second white Rajah, Sir Charles Johnson Brooke, in copper bearing the denomination 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent were issued at various dates between 1870 to 1897.

All the coins of Sarawak from 1863 to 1941 were minted at the Ralph Heaton & Sons Mint in Birmingham (known as The Mint Birmingham Limited after 1879). However, the "H" mint mark on the coinage of Sarawak was only introduced in 1889.

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967 lists a 1863 pattern with size of 19 mm in diameter and mass of 2.4 grammes, whereas regular coins were 18 mm and 2.33 gr (36 grains, in the measurement units of the time).

Obverse

Effigy of the monarch, legend.

Obverse Inscription
Reverse

Value 1/4 CENT within a wreath of two olive branches; around, SARAWAK and the date.

Reverse Inscription1/4 CENT SARAWAK [year]
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Atkins, James. 1889. The Coins and Tokens of the Possessions and Colonies of the British Empire. pp 228-229
[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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Quarter Cent: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
From1863
To1896
Face Value1/4 (x Cent)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialCopper
DesignerJoseph Moore
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)18
Mass (g)2.3300
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