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