The one cent coin was the most popular denomination of the Sarawak dollar. Between 1892 and 1897, one cent coins were issued with a central hole; this is the second year of the type.
Coins issued in 1893 circulated for 49 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.
Head of Charles Brooke, the second Rajah of Sarawak, facing left, above hole in centre. Around, the monarch's legend C. BROOKE RAJAH. Below, crossed flags representing Sarawak and the United Kingdom (as an indication that Sarawak was a British protectorate).