Fifty Cents 1927, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Fifty Cents 1927, Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1953)
CoinFifty Cents 1927

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. In 1927 though, the denomination had its weight reduced and the metal debased.

This is the last year when the fifty cent denomination was issued. These coins circulated for 15 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.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mintage200,000
Obverse
Sarawak / Fifty Cents 1927 - obverse photo

Head of Vyner (Charles Vyner de Windt Brooke), the third and last Rajah of Sarawak, facing right. Around above, the monarch's legend C. V. BROOKE RAJAH; below, · SARAWAK ·.

Obverse Inscription C. V. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·
Reverse
Sarawak / Fifty Cents 1927 - reverse photo

Within a rope circle tied at the bottom, the value 50; around, FIFTY · 1927 · CENTS. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is below the knot.

Reverse Inscription 50 FIFTY · 1927 · CENTS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1927: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Fifty Cents 1927: References to Information Used
Fifty Cents 1927 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
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Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)ProofProof 4,319.64 4,734.62 5,149.60 5,564.58
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 394.61 400.88 407.16 413.43
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 146.52 143.45 140.39 137.33
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 57.01 54.62 52.22 49.23
Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1927 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Fifty Cents 1927 / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
(hover mouse over grades in the left-hand column to see values highlighted; hover mouse over graph points to see exact values and additional information)
Fifty Cents 1927: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (Small)
Issued1927
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintage200,000
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Material0.500 Silver
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)
Mass (g)10.3000
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Fifty Cents 1927: Photos
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Silver 50 cent, Birmingham, 1927
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Silver 50 cent, Birmingham, 1927
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Sarawak 1927-H 50 cents
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Sarawak 1927-H 50 cents
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Fifty Cents 1927: Catalogue Reference IDs