5 Cents, Issued by British North Borneo, Malaysia, 1940 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, 5 / CENTS; around, STATE OF NORTH BORNEO . 1940 .
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 the new 2 1/2 cents and 5 cent coin in that metal. This coin was part of the seventh issue of 5 cents pieces by the Company, the others being in 1903, 1920, 1921, 1927,1928 and 1938. 500,000 of the 5 cents coins were struck in 1940, this one showing signs of wear from circulation, the 5 cents piece was produced more often than the other denominations, indicating a greater demand.
Donation from Mr John P. Sharples - Museum Victoria, 31 Jan 1990
Type of item
28 mm (Outside Diameter), 7.28 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.