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Coin: Five Cents 1920 (Silver)
Description

Silver coinage was introduced in Sarawak in 1900 with weights and fineness of the silver coins corresponding with the respective issues of Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements. In 1920 the denomination was first debased (this issue), then later the same year supplanted by copper-nickel coinage.

This is a one year only type in debased silver. Composition: 50% silver. The mass was 20.95 grains in the measurement units of the time, equal to 1.35 grammes.

These coins circulated until the Japanese occupation forces replaced them with their own invasion currency in 1942. 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 value5 (x Cent) TypeFive Cents (Debased Silver)
Year1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage100,000 (100000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 100,000 (100000)
Material0.500 Silver Designer
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)15.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)1.3500
Obverse

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

Within a rope circle tied at the bottom, the value 5; around, FIVE · 1920 · CENTS. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is below the knot.

Reverse inscription5 FIVE · 1920 · CENTS
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Photos
Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Photo SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H
SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H
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Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Photo SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H
SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H
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Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 14
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 13
Five Cents 1920 (Silver): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
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
Five Cents 1920 (Silver) / 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 FDC 2,192.19 2,168.76 2,145.33 2,121.89
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)ProofProof 1,206.40 1,257.92 1,309.44 1,360.95
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 473.31 468.25 463.20 458.14
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 364.41 351.00 337.59 324.18
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 203.52 194.93 186.34 177.75
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 114.86 107.52 100.18 92.84
Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1920 (Silver) / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Five Cents 1920 (Silver) / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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List of all (8) coins of type: Sarawak / Five Cents
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