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Coin: Half Cent 1891
Description

The British North Borneo Company had the right to produce coin under its Royal Charter, granted in 1881. It had 1 cent coins struck in England from 1882 and 1/2 cent pieces from 1885. These coins were linked to the silver dollar as used in the Straits Settlement and Hong Kong.

Although there was another production of this denomination made in 1907, this seems to have been the last to have seen widespread circulation. In 1903-1904 the Company moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel, issuing 1 cent and new denominations of 2 1/2 cents and 5 cent in that metal; the 1/2 cent was not continued.

CountryNorth Borneo CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Face value1/2 (x Cent) TypeHalf Cent
Year1891 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 2,000,000 (2.0 million)
MaterialCopper Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.6600
Obverse

Shield of Arms of the British North Borneo Chartered Company; within the shield, a lion above a dhow (native boat) with sails; below, the date 1891; the mint mark (H for The Mint Birmingham Limited, known as Ralph Heaton and Sons Limited before 1879), above the date.

Obverse inscription 1891
Reverse

Within a wreath of olive branches, HALF CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated vertically in Chinese characters: 洋元半分 ("yang yuan pan fen", or "foreign dollar half cent"); below the wreath the denomination in Malay ("tengah sen", of "half cent" in Jawi script); around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.

Reverse inscriptionBRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co. HALF CENT 洋元半分
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Half Cent 1891: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Half Cent 1891: Photos
Half Cent 1891: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891
Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891
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Half Cent 1891: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891
Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891
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Half Cent 1891: Photo British North Borneo 1891-H 1/2 cent
British North Borneo 1891-H 1/2 cent
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Half Cent 1891: Photo British North Borneo 1891-H 1/2 cent
British North Borneo 1891-H 1/2 cent
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Half Cent 1891: Photo British North Borneo 1891 1/2 Cent
British North Borneo 1891 1/2 Cent
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Half Cent 1891: Photo British North Borneo 1891 1/2 Cent
British North Borneo 1891 1/2 Cent
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Half Cent 1891: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiBritish North Borneo SS 6
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 1
Half Cent 1891: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Half Cent 1891 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)ProofProof 656.28 655.65 655.02 654.39
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 210.37 202.10 193.83 185.55
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 133.18 135.04 136.90 138.76
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 38.29 38.70 39.11 39.52
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 16.31 16.46 16.60 16.75
Historic values in USD for Half Cent 1891 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Half Cent 1891 / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Half Cent 1891: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891 British North Borneo 1891-H 1/2 cent - CoinFactsWiki
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List of all (5) coins of type: North Borneo / Half Cent
Half Cent 1885 Half Cent 1886 Half Cent 1887 Half Cent 1891 Half Cent 1907