Five Cents 1920 (Silver), Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Five Cents 1920 (Silver), Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1953)
CoinFive Cents 1920 (Silver)

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.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mint MarkLetter H Total Mintage 100,000
Obverse
Sarawak / Five Cents 1920 (Silver) - 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 / Five Cents 1920 (Silver) - reverse photo

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 Inscription 5 FIVE · 1920 · CENTS
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Known varieties
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Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents (Debased Silver)
Issued1920
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Total Mintage100,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1953
Material0.500 Silver
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size15.5000 mm
Mass1.3500 g
OCC IDKLBR-PERR-CLQD-EMNY
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Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Photos
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Five Cents 1920 (Silver): Photo SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H / thumbnail 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 / thumbnail SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), silver five cents, 1920H
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