Half Cent 1879, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Half Cent 1879, Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1953)
CoinHalf Cent 1879

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.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage 250,000
Obverse
Sarawak / Half Cent 1879 - obverse photo

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
Sarawak / Half Cent 1879 - 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 1879.

Reverse Inscription HALF CENT SARAWAK 1879
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause lists mintage of 640,000.

Half Cent 1879: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Half Cent 1879: References to Information Used
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Half Cent 1879: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeHalf Cent (Large)
Issued1879
MonarchCharles Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value1/2 (x Cent)
Total Mintage250,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1953
MaterialCopper
DesignerJoseph Moore
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size22.5000 mm
Mass4.6530 g
OCC IDDRMK-GOZA-CRBA-ENXQ
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