Keping 1842, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

Keping 1842, Coin from Sarawak (demonetised 1863)
CoinKeping 1842

This is a one year type. The 1842 Keping is a very rare coin and is usually found in "very good" to "fine" condition (in other words, very worn). Many modern counterfeits exist, both in copper and in brass.

The coin was authorised by the Rajah, James Brooke, in 1842. According to Remick's "Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971", these coins were minted at "a private mint in Birmingham" which was not the Heaton and Sons Mint.

Some were made in copper and some in brass. Most coins were copper.

In older sources, the name of the denomination may be spelled as "kapang" or "kepang".

Mint Mintageunknown, Rarity: R2 (Very Rare)
Obverse
Sarawak / Keping 1842 - obverse photo

The obverse bears the image of a badger (or "brock") which was the crest of the Brooke Arms, turned to left; the initials J · B and the date SEPT 24 1841 (when James Brook was granted the title Rajah of Sarawak, though the official declaration to that effect only came on 18 August 1842).

Obverse Inscription J · B SEPT 24 1841
Reverse
Sarawak / Keping 1842 - reverse photo

The reverse was struck from an old and worn out die bearing the value و / ١ and denomination سات کڤڠ "Satu Keping" in Malay written in Jawi script (translation: one keping) and the (wrong) date ۱۲۴۷ in Arabic numerals (1247 AH =1831 CE).

This die had been used earlier in the striking of Singapore merchant tokens and was re-used for the striking of this coin.

Reverse Inscription سات کڤڠ ۱۲۴۷
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

References to additional information:

[Book] Saran, Singh. The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysia Numismatic Society, 1986. pp 352 and 359.

Keping 1842: Known varieties
Variety Brass
Mintage unknown (included in total)
Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Keping 1842: References to Information Used
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Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
Keping 1842 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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BrassExtra Fine (EF, XF) 18,655.10 19,516.93 20,378.76 21,240.59
BrassVery Fine (VF) 9,750.58 10,224.58 10,698.57 11,172.57
BrassFine (F) 5,040.25 5,263.68 5,487.11 5,710.55
BrassVery Good (VG) 3,325.00 3,451.13 3,577.25 3,703.38
Uncirculated (UNC) 20,600.21 21,008.65 21,417.09 21,825.53
Extra Fine (EF, XF) 18,689.49 19,559.72 20,429.95 21,300.18
Very Fine (VF) 9,762.28 10,239.13 10,715.99 11,192.84
Fine (F) 5,040.25 5,263.68 5,487.11 5,710.55
Very Good (VG) 3,325.00 3,451.13 3,577.25 3,703.38
Historic values in USD for Keping 1842 / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Keping 1842 / Brass / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Keping 1842: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeKeping
Issued1842
MonarchJames Brooke, Rajah
Face Value1 (x Keping)
Mintageunknown, Rarity: R2 (Very Rare)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1863)
MaterialCopper or Bronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5000
Mass (g)1.7500
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Keping 1842: Photos
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SARAWAK, token coinage, keping in copper, 1841 (KM.Tn1)
Copyright: Noble Numismatics
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SARAWAK, token coinage, keping in copper, 1841 (KM.Tn1)
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Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Bronze kepang, SE Asia, 1841
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Keping 1842: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 1
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# Tn1 and Tn1a (Brass)