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Coin - 1 Cent, Malaya, 1943 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14049

Summary:
Specimen 1 Cent, Issued by Malaya, Malaysia, 1943
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The British Government established the Malay Planning Unit in London in 1943 to prepare for the return to Civil Government in the area after the Japanese invasion force was removed. One of the steps it took was to have the Royal Mint strike coins, ready for placement in circulation soon after the return (the Japanese issued no coinage, relying on paper money). The coins were stock-piled in London until Malaya was placed under British Military Administration in August 1945 when they were soon put into circulation.

The 1943 bronze 1 cent was struck with a wartime alloy - 97% copper, 2 1/2% zinc and 1/2% tin (pre-war 95 1/2% copper, 3% tin, 1 1/2% zinc) owing to the war needs for tin. Also on account of the war, Proof of Record strikes were largely discontinued; this piece was reserved as a reference piece and sent to the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint from where it was passed to the National Gallery of Victoria, perhaps a specimen striking.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 20 mm (Height), 20 mm (Width)
Weight: 4.176 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: world war ii 1939-1945, british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Malaysia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1943 AD
Denomination: 1 Cent
Obverse Description: Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; artist's initials, PM, below neck
Reverse Description: At centre within a bead circle, 1 / CENT; around, COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY MALAYA 1943
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Square with rounded corners
Material: Bronze
Issued By: Board of Commissioners of Currency, Malaya, Malaysia, Malaya, 1940
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1937
Mint: Royal Mint, London, Great Britain, 1943
References: KM#6
Pridmore 286
Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, p.58-59
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009
  2. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, Government Printing Office, Singapore, Singapore, 1955

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