One Cent 1885, Coin from North Borneo - detailed information

One Cent 1885, Coin from North Borneo (demonetised 1953)
CoinOne Cent 1885

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. In 1904 the Company moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel for the 1 cent.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mint MarkLetter H Total Mintage1,000,000 (1.0 million)
North Borneo / One Cent 1885 - obverse photo

The Coat of Arms of the British North Borneo Chartered Company; on a shield, a lion above a dhow (native boat) with sails; the shield is supported by two native warriors, one holding a shield, the other a large native sword or machete; the crest, two arms holding a flag staff; below on ribbon the motto PERGO ET PERAGO (translation: I undertake and I achieve); below, the date 1885; the mint mark (H for The Mint Birmingham Limited, known as Ralph Heaton and Sons Limited before 1879) is above the date.

Obverse Inscription 1885
North Borneo / One Cent 1885 - reverse photo

Within a wreath of two olive branches, ONE CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated vertically in Chinese characters: 洋元一分 ("yang yuan yat fen", or "foreign dollar one cent"); below the wreath the denomination in Malay: ساتو سين ("satu sen", or "one cent" in Jawi script); around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.

Reverse Inscription BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co. ONE CENT 洋元一分 ساتو سين
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
One Cent 1885: References to Information Used
One Cent 1885 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
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Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 309.70 313.78 317.87 321.96
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 87.73 88.72 89.70 90.69
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 27.56 27.90 28.25 28.59
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 13.21 13.37 13.53 13.69
Historic values in USD for One Cent 1885 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All (17) coins of type: One Cent
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Cent 1882 2,000,000 1882
One Cent 1884 2,000,000 1884
One Cent 1885 1,000,000 1885
One Cent 1886 5,000,000 1886
One Cent 1887 6,000,000 1887
One Cent 1888 6,000,000 1888
One Cent 1889 9,000,000 1889
One Cent 1890 8,000,000 1890
One Cent 1891 3,000,000 1891
One Cent 1894 1,000,000 1894
One Cent 1896 1,000,000 1896
One Cent 1904 2,000,000 (none)
One Cent 1907 1,000,000 1907
One Cent 1921 1,000,000 (none)
One Cent 1935 1,000,000 (none)
One Cent 1938 1,000,000 (none)
One Cent 1941 1,000,000 (none)
Royal Mint
Royal Mint
One Cent 1885: Details
CountryNorth Borneo
CurrencyBritish North Borneo Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent (Copper)
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Total Mintage1,000,000 (1.0 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1953
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size29.0000 mm
Mass9.3300 g
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One Cent 1885: Photos
Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1885
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Coin - 1 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1885
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
One Cent 1885: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiBritish North Borneo SS 7
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsBritish North Borneo KM# 2