2 1/2 Cents, Issued by British North Borneo, Malaysia, 1920 H
Minted by Heaton & Son, Birmingham, England
Shield of arms of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow; native warrior supporters one holding a shield the other as large machete; the crest, two arms holding a flag staff; below on ribbon the motto PERGO ET PERAGO (translation: I undertake and I achieve); below, the mint mark, H
Within a circle of beads, 2 1/2 / CENTS; around, STATE OF NORTH BORNEO . 1920 .
The British North Borneo Company had the right to produce coin under its Royal Charter, granted in 1881. It had 1 cent coins struck in England from 1882 and 1/2 cent pieces from 1885. These coins were linked to the silver dollar as used in the Straits Settlement and Hong Kong. In 1903-1904 it moved from the use of bronze to copper-nickel, issuing 1 cent and new denominations of 2 1/2 cents and 5 cent in that metal. In 1903, 2,000,000 of the 2 1/2 cents pieces were struck. No further production was required until this issue in 1920 when a further 280,000 were manufactured. The was he second, and last, issue of this denomination.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15 Mar 1976
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.997 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.