North Borneo: Coins Issued and Used

Showing only circulating coin types (regular coinage plus circulating commemoratives).

North Borneo (1882 - 1963)
Information about what currencies were issued by North Borneo, with lists of coinage, as well as periods when foreign-issued currencies were used.
Currency: British North Borneo Dollar. Used in North Borneo: (1882 - 1953)
CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
PeriodBritish North Borneo Dollar
Used1882 - 1953
Description

The British North Borneo dollar was the currency of British North Borneo from 1882 to 1953. It was subdivided into 100 cents. The dollar had remained at par with the Straits dollar (and its successor the Malayan dollar), the currency of Malaya and Singapore, at the value of one dollar to 2 shillings 4 pence sterling from its introduction until both currencies were replaced by the Malaya and British Borneo dollar in 1953. Both coins and banknotes are issued by the British North Borneo Company.

During the Japanese occupation period (1942–1945), paper money was issued in denominations ranging from 1 cent to 1000 dollars. This currency was fixed at 1 dollar = 1 Japanese yen, compared to a 1:2 pre-war rate. Following the war, the Japanese occupation currency was declared worthless and the previous issues of the British North Borneo dollar regained their value relative to sterling (two shillings four pence). The occupation ended the Company's control. The area became a British Colony after liberation.

Coins were first minted in values of 1⁄2 cent and 1 cent in copper, and later 1 cent, 2 1⁄2 cents, and 5 cents in copper-nickel, and 25 cents in silver. Originally they were issued under the name "British North Borneo" and later under "State of North Borneo" starting in 1903. All coins depicted the state crest on the obverse and denomination on the reverse. These were last minted in 1938 and later phased out by coins of the Malayan dollar.

Banknotes were printed in values of 25 cents, 50 cents, $1, $5, $10, and $25. The design of the banknotes did not change much during the currency's lifetime. However, their physical sizes tend to shrink over time. They either show the coat of arms, Mount Kinabalu, or both.

Twenty Five Cents (demonetised 1953)
1 coin (1929)
Coin NameMintage
Twenty Five Cents 1929 400,000
Five Cents (demonetised 1953)
8 coins (1903 - 1941)
Coin NameMintage
Five Cents 1903 1,000,000
Five Cents 1920 100,000
Five Cents 1921 500,000
Five Cents 1927 150,000
Five Cents 1928 151,000
Five Cents 1938 500,000
Five Cents 1940 500,000
Five Cents 1941 1,000,000
Two and a Half Cents (demonetised 1953)
2 coins (1903 - 1920)
Coin NameMintage
Two and a Half Cents 1903 2,000,000
Two and a Half Cents 1920 280,000
One Cent (demonetised 1953)
17 coins (1882 - 1941)
Coin NameMintage
One Cent 1882 2,000,000
One Cent 1884 2,000,000
One Cent 1885 1,000,000
One Cent 1886 5,000,000
One Cent 1887 6,000,000
One Cent 1888 6,000,000
One Cent 1889 9,000,000
One Cent 1890 8,000,000
One Cent 1891 3,000,000
One Cent 1894 1,000,000
One Cent 1896 1,000,000
One Cent 1904 2,000,000
One Cent 1907 1,000,000
One Cent 1921 1,000,000
One Cent 1935 1,000,000
One Cent 1938 1,000,000
One Cent 1941 1,000,000
Half Cent (demonetised 1953)
5 coins (1885 - 1907)
Coin NameMintage
Half Cent 1885 1,000,000
Half Cent 1886 1,000,000
Half Cent 1887 5,000,000
Half Cent 1891 2,000,000
Half Cent 1907 1,000,000
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