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

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

In 1920, the silver coinage which had been introduced in Sarawak in 1900 (with weights and fineness corresponding to the respective issues of Hong Kong and the Straits Settlements) was first debased then supplanted by copper-nickel issues - of which this was the first. There was only one subsequent issue, in 1927.

Coins issued in 1920 circulated for 22 years 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 400,000
Obverse
Sarawak / Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel) - 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 (CuproNickel) - reverse photo

Value 5 CENTS in two lines within a wreath of two olive branches; below, the date: 1920. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is above the date.

Reverse Inscription 5 CENTS 1920
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Known varieties
Variety Proof
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Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents (CuproNickel)
Issued1920
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Total Mintage400,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1953
MaterialCuproNickel
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size21.0000 mm
Mass3.8800 g
OCC IDXYRV-POVR-CBPJ-ODQG
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Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Photos
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Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Photo Cn 5 cent, Heaton, 1920 / thumbnail Cn 5 cent, Heaton, 1920
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Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Photo Cn 5 cent, Heaton, 1920 / thumbnail Cn 5 cent, Heaton, 1920
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Five Cents 1920 (CuproNickel): Catalogue Reference IDs