Half Cent 1863, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Half Cent 1863, Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1953)
CoinHalf Cent 1863

The half cent was the second smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was issued intermittently until 1933. Coins issued in 1863 circulated for 79 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.

James Brooke, whose head appears on the obverse of this coin, became Rajah of Sarawak in 1842 after receiving the land and title from the Sultan of Brunei. In 1863, through his British agents Buchanan, Hamilton & Co. he arranged for copper coins with the denominations of 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent to be struck in Birmingham. This was the only issue in his name. The Spanish dollar was the principal silver coin of the region at the time and the copper coins were fractions of it.

The artist was Joseph Moore of Allan and Moore, Great Britain.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mintageunknown
Obverse
Sarawak / Half Cent 1863 - obverse photo

Head of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, facing left. Around, the monarch's legend J. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse Inscription J. BROOKE RAJAH
Reverse
Sarawak / Half Cent 1863 - reverse photo

The value and denomination HALF CENT is in two lines within a wreath of two olive branches; around above, SARAWAK; below the wreath, the date 1863.

Reverse Inscription HALF CENT SARAWAK 1863
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Half Cent 1863: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage unknown
Variety Bronze-plated proof
Mintage unknown
MaterialBronze-plated copper
Details

Proof, bronze-plated copper.

Half Cent 1863: References to Information Used
Half Cent 1863 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2019202020212022
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Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Bronze-plated proofProof 2,022.82 2,044.17 2,065.52 2,086.87
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)ProofProof 930.17 864.65 799.14 733.63
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 798.39 797.71 797.03 796.35
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 283.39 270.23 257.07 243.91
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 73.66 61.79 49.93 38.06
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 38.22 36.79 35.36 33.93
Historic values in USD for Half Cent 1863 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 5/2019). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Half Cent 1863 / Bronze-plated proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 5/2019). 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)
Historic values in USD for Half Cent 1863 / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 5/2019). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Half Cent 1863: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeHalf Cent (Large)
Issued1863
MonarchJames Brooke, Rajah
EffigyJames Brooke by Joseph Moore
Face Value1/2 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialCopper
DesignerJoseph Moore
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationSame (Medal Alignment, Axis 0 / Axis 12)
Size (mm)22.5000
Mass (g)4.6530
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Half Cent 1863: Photos
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: This piece may be a cast copy.
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Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: This piece may be a cast copy.
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Bronze 1/2 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Bronze 1/2 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Half Cent 1863: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 5
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 2, 2a (Bronze-plated proof)