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.