Half Cent 1896, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Half Cent 1896, Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1953)
CoinHalf Cent 1896

The half cent was the second smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was issued intermittently until 1933. Coins issued in 1896 circulated for 46 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 MarkLetter H Total Mintage 326,667
Obverse
Sarawak / Half Cent 1896 - 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 1896 - 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 1896. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is above the date.

Reverse Inscription HALF CENT SARAWAK 1896
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Half Cent 1896: Known varieties
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Mintage Issued: unknown
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Half Cent 1896: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeHalf Cent (Large)
Issued1896
MonarchCharles Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value1/2 (x Cent)
Total Mintage326,667
CurrentNo; demonetised 1953
MaterialCopper
DesignerJoseph Moore
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size22.5000 mm
Mass4.6530 g
OCC IDQBVY-XOWR-CNJR-EJZN
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Half Cent 1896: Photos
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Half Cent 1896: Photo Copper 1/2 cent, Heaton, 1896 / thumbnail Copper 1/2 cent, Heaton, 1896
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Half Cent 1896: Photo Copper 1/2 cent, Heaton, 1896 / thumbnail Copper 1/2 cent, Heaton, 1896
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Half Cent 1896: Catalogue Reference IDs