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Coin: One Cent 1941

The one cent coin was the most popular denomination of the Sarawak dollar. The 1941 issue is the last date when the denomination was minted. These coins never made it into circulation though due to the outbreak of the war - the ship carrying the shipment of coins to the colony was sunk by the Japanese; very few examples (estimated about 50) have survived.

Japanese occupation forces replaced Sarawak currency 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 (Bronze)
Year1941 CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
Mintage3,000,000 (3.0 million) RarityR3 (Extremely Rare)
NameMint markMintage
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Letter H 3,000,000 (3.0 million), Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
MaterialBronze Designer
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)24.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.5000

Head of Vyner (Charles Vyner de Windt Brooke), the third and last Rajah of Sarawak, facing right. Around the monarch's legend, C. V. BROOKE RAJAH.

Obverse inscription C. V. BROOKE RAJAH

The value and denomination ONE CENT are in two lines within a wreath of two olive branches; around above, SARAWAK; below the wreath, the date 1941. The mint mark H of the Birmingham Mint (previously known as Heaton and Sons) is above the date.

Unlike the 1920 issue, the design is like that of earlier one cent coins.

Reverse inscriptionONE CENT SARAWAK 1941
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone

"Issues of copper cents were made in 1937 and 1941, production of each date being continued in 1938 and 1942, respectively. This accounts for the rumour that 1942 cents were struck; but an examination of the Birmingham Mint records indicates that all coins struck early in 1942 merely continued the 1941 date. Of the 1941 cents some 2,016,000 were struck in that year and a further 984,000 in 1942 (including 18,227 by ICI).

Due to the outbreak of the war in South-east Asia in December 1941, however, the entire issue was recalled before it could be dispatched to Sarawak and subsequently melted down. Only about 50 examples of the 1 cent of 1941 are now believed to be in existence."

[Article] James A Mackay, Coin Digest, 1989 Vol.2 No.1.

"The Coins of Malaysia", Remick's "The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971" and other sources list mintage of 2,016,000. But, see note above.

One Cent 1941: Photos
One Cent 1941: Photo Sarawak 1941-H cent
Sarawak 1941-H cent
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One Cent 1941: Photo Sarawak 1941-H cent
Sarawak 1941-H cent
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One Cent 1941: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 12
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 18
One Cent 1941: References to Information Used
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Coin description
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
One Cent 1941 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) 1,907.79 1,631.16 1,354.54 1,077.91
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 1,341.09 1,274.74 1,208.38 1,142.03
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 746.57 692.19 637.81 583.43
Historic values in USD for One Cent 1941 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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One Cent 1941: Some useful external links
Sarawak 1941-H cent - CoinFactsWiki
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
American Bullion Inc. - Free Gold Guide
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