One Cent 1941, Coin from Sarawak - detailed information

One Cent 1941, Coin from Sarawak
CoinOne 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.

MintHeaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) Mintage3,000,000, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
Obverse
Sarawak / One Cent 1941 - obverse photo

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
Reverse
Sarawak / One Cent 1941 - reverse photo

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 Inscription ONE CENT SARAWAK 1941
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

"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: References to Information Used
One Cent 1941 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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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
All (24) Coins of Country: Sarawak, Type: One Cent
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
One Cent 1863 unknown James Brooke by Joseph Moore J. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1870 unknown Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1879 750,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1880 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1882 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1884 1,070,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1885 2,140,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1886 2,014,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1887 1,605,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1888 2,133,333 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1889 3,200,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1890 3,210,000 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1891 1,623,888 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1892 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1893 1,633,888 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1894 1,632,776 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1896 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1897 1,088,889 Charles Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1920 5,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH · SARAWAK ·
One Cent 1927 5,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1929 2,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1930 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1937 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH
One Cent 1941 3,000,000 Charles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak C. V. BROOKE RAJAH
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One Cent 1941: Details
CountrySarawak
CurrencySarawak Dollar
Coin TypeOne Cent (Bronze)
Issued1941
MonarchCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah
EffigyCharles Vyner Brooke, Rajah of Sarawak
Face Value1 (x Cent)
Mintage3,000,000, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1953)
MaterialBronze
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)24.5000
Mass (g)5.5000
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