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Coin: Fifty Cents 1900
Description

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. The first coin of the denomination was authorised for circulation with Government Notice No. XXX dated 1st August 1900.

These coins circulated for 42 years until the Japanese occupation forces replaced them with their own invasion currency in 1942. During World War II, the occupiers melted down most of the silver coinage they could find. Much of the silver coming now on the market was used as ornaments. In some cases coins may have been buried with the dead and show small solder marks or (filled) holes. The coins were coated with a purple die when buried with the dead.

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.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents (Large)
Year1900 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage40,000 (40000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 40,000 (40000)
Material0.800 Silver Designer
MonarchCharles Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)31 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)13.5700
Obverse

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 ·
Reverse

Within a rope circle tied at the bottom, the value 50; around, FIFTY · 1900 · CENTS. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is below the knot.

Reverse inscription50 FIFTY · 1900 · CENTS
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1900: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Fifty Cents 1900: Photos
Fifty Cents 1900: Photo Coin - 50 Cents, Sarawak, 1900
Coin - 50 Cents, Sarawak, 1900
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Fifty Cents 1900: Photo Coin - 50 Cents, Sarawak, 1900
Coin - 50 Cents, Sarawak, 1900
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Fifty Cents 1900: Photo Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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Fifty Cents 1900: Photo Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents
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Fifty Cents 1900: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 21
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 11
Fifty Cents 1900: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Varieties Proof
Fifty Cents 1900 / 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 2,855.18 2,866.23 2,877.28 2,888.33
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 1,598.32 1,664.55 1,730.79 1,797.03
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 861.49 888.29 915.09 941.89
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 445.27 448.33 451.39 454.45
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 303.55 313.81 324.07 334.33
Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1900 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1900 / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Fifty Cents 1900: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 50 Cents, Sarawak, 1900 Sarawak 1900-H 50 cents - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Silver 50 cent, Birmingham, 1900
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List of all (3) coins of type: Sarawak / Fifty Cents
Fifty Cents 1900 Fifty Cents 1906 Fifty Cents 1927