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Coin: One Cent 1889
Description

The one cent coin was the most popular denomination of the Sarawak dollar. Coins issued in 1889 circulated for 53 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 (x Cent) TypeOne Cent (Copper)
Year1889 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage3,200,000 (3.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons No mint mark 3,200,000 (3.2 million)
MaterialCopper DesignerJoseph Moore
MonarchCharles Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)29 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.3300
Obverse

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

Obverse inscription C. 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 1889.

Roughly half of the coins of this year have no mint mark; on the rest, the mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is above the date.

Reverse inscriptionONE CENT SARAWAK 1889
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Some Sarawak one cent coins of 1889 had a mint mark and some did not.

Krause catalogues list mintage of 535,000.

One Cent 1889: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (no mint mark) unknown
Proof (H mint mark) unknown
With mint mark unknown (included in main number)
One Cent 1889: Photos
One Cent 1889: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1889
Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1889
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: H mint mark.
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One Cent 1889: Photo Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1889
Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1889
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
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One Cent 1889: Photo Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
Notes: H mint mark.
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One Cent 1889: Photo Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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One Cent 1889: Photo Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
Notes: No mint mark.
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One Cent 1889: Photo Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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One Cent 1889: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 9
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 6
One Cent 1889: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
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 Varieties Proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
One Cent 1889 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
Heaton and SonsProof (H mint mark)Proof 780.62 785.08 789.54 794.01
Heaton and SonsUncirculated (UNC) 130.35 120.05 109.75 99.45
Heaton and SonsExtra Fine (EF, XF) 41.99 39.78 37.58 35.38
Heaton and SonsVery Fine (VF) 15.64 15.06 14.49 13.91
Heaton and SonsFine (F) 8.06 7.82 7.57 7.33
Historic values in USD for One Cent 1889 / Heaton and Sons / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Cent 1889 / With mint mark / Heaton and Sons / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for One Cent 1889 / Proof (H mint mark) / Heaton and Sons / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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One Cent 1889: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1889 Charles J. Brooke Sarawak Cent - Silveragecoins.com 1889H Charles J. Brooke Sarawak Cent - Silveragecoins.com
One Cent 1889: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Cent, Sarawak, 1889 American Numismatic Society: Bronze cent, Birmingham, 1889
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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