1/2 Cent, Issued by Sarawak, Malaysia, 1863
Minted by Heaton & Son, Birmingham, England
Head of James Brooke facing left; around, J. BROOKE RAJAH
Within a laurel wreath HALF / CENT; around above, SARAWAK; below, 1863
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 Brunie. 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 principle silver coin of the region at the time and the copper coins were fractions of it. This piece may be a cast copy.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
23 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.653 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2006. Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900.
[Book] Remick, Jerome. 1971. British Commonwealth Coins., 489-492 Pages