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Coin: Quarter Cent 1863
Description

The quarter cent was the smallest denomination of the Sarawak dollar. It was only issued in three years - 1863, 1870 and 1896. 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.

The Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, 1400-1967 lists a 1863 pattern with size of 19 mm in diameter and mass of 2.4 grammes, whereas regular coins were 18 mm and 2.33 gr (36 grains, in the measurement units of the time).

CountrySarawak CurrencySarawak Dollar
Face value1/4 (x Cent) TypeQuarter Cent
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)18 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.3300
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 1/4 CENT is in three lines within a wreath of two olive branches; around above, SARAWAK; below the wreath, the date 1863.

Reverse inscription1/4 CENT SARAWAK 1863
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Quarter Cent 1863: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Larger pattern, proof unknown, Rarity: R3 (Extremely Rare) (hover mouse for text)
Bronze-plated proof unknown (hover mouse for text)
Quarter Cent 1863: Photos
Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Quarter Cent 1863: Photo Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
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Quarter Cent 1863: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and BruneiSarawak SS 3, SS 2 (Larger pattern)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsSarawak KM# 1, 1a (Bronze-plated proof)
Quarter Cent 1863: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Atkins, Coins and Tokens of the British Empire 1889 Coin description
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 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 Larger pattern, Bronze-plated proof
Encyclopaedia of the Coins of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei 1986 Design
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Design link
Quarter 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 995.77 926.47 857.16 787.86
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Larger pattern, proofProof 1,791.50 1,823.17 1,854.85 1,886.53
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Uncirculated (UNC) 974.63 987.42 1,000.21 1,013.00
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Extra Fine (EF, XF) 477.13 473.92 470.71 467.50
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Very Fine (VF) 235.75 230.61 225.47 220.33
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint)Fine (F) 132.31 130.31 128.31 126.31
Historic values in USD for Quarter Cent 1863 / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Quarter Cent 1863 / Bronze-plated proof / Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Quarter Cent 1863: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1/4 Cent, Sarawak, 1863 American Numismatic Society: Bronze 1/4 cent, SE Asia, 1863
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List of all (3) coins of type: Sarawak / Quarter Cent
Quarter Cent 1863 Quarter Cent 1870 Quarter Cent 1896