Home / Coins by Country / Coins from Sarawak / Half Cent 1870

Detailed information about Coin: Half Cent 1870 from Sarawak

Coin: Half Cent 1870
Description

The half cent was the second smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was issued intermittently until 1933. Coins issued in 1870 circulated for 72 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.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value1/2 (x Cent) TypeHalf Cent (Large)
Year1870 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage250,000 (250000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) No mint mark 250,000 (250000)
MaterialCopper DesignerJoseph Moore
MonarchCharles Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)22.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)4.6530
Obverse

Head of Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak, facing left. Around the monarch's legend, C. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse inscription C. BROOKE RAJAH
Reverse

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 1870.

Reverse inscriptionHALF CENT SARAWAK 1870
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Atkins 1889 lists a proof variety not listed elsewhere.

Half Cent 1870: Photos
Half Cent 1870: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source
Half Cent 1870: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source
Half Cent 1870: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source
Half Cent 1870: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
source
Half Cent 1870: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 6
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 5
Half Cent 1870: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Mintage
Half Cent 1870: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1870 American Numismatic Society: Bronze 1/2 cent, Birmingham, 1870
Advertising
American Bullion Inc. - Invest in Silver
American Bullion Inc. - Invest in Silver
List of all (5) coins of type: Sarawak / Half Cent
Half Cent 1863 Half Cent 1870 Half Cent 1879 Half Cent 1896 Half Cent 1933