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Coin: Half Cent 1933
Description

The half cent was the second smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was issued intermittently until 1933. This coin was authorised for circulation by Government Notice No. 708 dated 13th November 1933, and was the last issue of this denomination.

Coins issued in 1933 circulated for nine 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 (Small)
Year1933 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 2,000,000 (2.0 million)
MaterialBronze Designer
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)18 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.0400
Obverse

Head of Vyner (Charles Vyner de Windt Brooke), the third and last Rajah of Sarawak, facing right. Around the monarch's legend, C. V. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse inscription C.V. 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 1933. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is above the date.

The design differs from that of earlier half cent coins.

Reverse inscriptionHALF CENT SARAWAK 1933
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Half Cent 1933: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Half Cent 1933: Photos
Half Cent 1933: Photo SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), half cent, 1933H
SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), half cent, 1933H
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Half Cent 1933: Photo SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), half cent, 1933H
SARAWAK, Charles Vyner Brooke (1917-1946), half cent, 1933H
Copyright: Noble Numismatics
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Half Cent 1933: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
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Half Cent 1933: Photo Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933
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Half Cent 1933: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 7
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 20
Half Cent 1933: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
The Coins of Malaysia 1969 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Varieties Proof
Half Cent 1933: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - 1/2 Cent, Sarawak, 1933 Sarawak 1933-H 1/2 cent - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Bronze 1/2 cent, Birmingham, 1933
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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