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Coin: One Cent 1863
Description

The one cent coin was the most popular denomination of the Sarawak dollar. Coins issued in 1863 circulated for 79 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.

James Brooke, whose head appears on the obverse of this coin, became Rajah of Sarawak in 1842 after receiving the land and title from the Sultan of Brunei. In 1863, through his British agents Buchanan, Hamilton & Co. he arranged for copper coins with the denominations of 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent to be struck in Birmingham. This was the only issue in his name. The Spanish dollar was the principal silver coin of the region at the time and the copper coins were fractions of it.

The artist was Joseph Moore of Allan and Moore, Great Britain.

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value1 (x Cent) TypeOne Cent (Copper)
Year1863 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) No mint mark unknown
MaterialCopper DesignerJoseph Moore
MonarchJames Brooke, Rajah EffigyPortrait by Joseph Moore
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)29 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.3300
Obverse

Head of James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak, facing left. Around the monarch's legend, J. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse inscription J. BROOKE RAJAH
Reverse

The value and denomination ONE CENT is in two lines within a wreath of two olive branches; around above, SARAWAK; below the wreath, the date 1863.

Reverse inscriptionONE CENT SARAWAK 1863
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
One Cent 1863: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Bronze-plated proof unknown (hover mouse for text)
One Cent 1863: Photos
One Cent 1863: Photo Sarawak 1863 cent - CoinFactsWiki
Sarawak 1863 cent - CoinFactsWiki
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Notes: Proof.
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One Cent 1863: Photo Sarawak 1863 cent - CoinFactsWiki
Sarawak 1863 cent - CoinFactsWiki
Copyright: CoinFactsWiki / CC BY-SA
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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One Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Notes: This piece may be a cast copy.
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One Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: This piece may be a cast copy.
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One Cent 1863: Photo Bronze cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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One Cent 1863: Photo Bronze cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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One Cent 1863: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 8
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 3, 3a (Bronze-plated proof)
One Cent 1863: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Varieties Proof, Bronze-plated proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
One Cent 1863 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Bronze-plated proofProof 1,752.43 1,790.54 1,828.66 1,866.77
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)ProofProof 855.74 800.07 744.39 688.72
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 593.96 584.24 574.52 564.81
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 205.79 190.71 175.62 160.54
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 86.80 86.60 86.41 86.21
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 31.16 29.20 27.25 25.29
Historic values in USD for One Cent 1863 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Cent 1863 / Bronze-plated proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Cent 1863 / Proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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One Cent 1863: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1863 Sarawak 1863 cent - CoinFactsWiki
American Numismatic Society: Bronze cent, SE Asia, 1863
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List of all (24) coins of type: Sarawak / One Cent
One Cent 1863 One Cent 1870 One Cent 1879 One Cent 1880 One Cent 1882 One Cent 1884
One Cent 1885 One Cent 1886 One Cent 1887 One Cent 1888 One Cent 1889 One Cent 1890
One Cent 1891 One Cent 1892 One Cent 1893 One Cent 1894 One Cent 1896 One Cent 1897
One Cent 1920 One Cent 1927 One Cent 1929 One Cent 1930 One Cent 1937 One Cent 1941