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Coin: Half Cent 1879
Description

The half cent was the second smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was issued intermittently until 1933. Coins issued in 1879 circulated for 63 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)
Year1879 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 1879.

Reverse inscriptionHALF CENT SARAWAK 1879
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists mintage of 640,000.

Half Cent 1879: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Half Cent 1879: Photos
Half Cent 1879: Photo Sarawak 1879 1/2 cent
Sarawak 1879 1/2 cent
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Half Cent 1879: Photo Sarawak 1879 1/2 cent
Sarawak 1879 1/2 cent
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Half Cent 1879: 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 1879: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Half Cent 1879: Some useful external links
Sarawak 1879 1/2 cent - CoinFactsWiki American Numismatic Society: Bronze 1/2 cent, Birmingham, 1879
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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