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Coin - 1/2 Cent, British North Borneo Company, 1891 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14000

1/2 Cent, Issued by British North Borneo Co., Malaysia, 1891 H
Minted by Heaton & Sons, Birmingham, England
Statement Of Significance:
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. Although there was another production of this denomination made in 1907, this seems to have been the last to have seen widespread circulation. In 1903-1904 the Company 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; the 1/2 cent was not continued.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 28.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 4.629 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Heaton & Sons Mint, Birmingham, England, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Malaysia - British North Borneo
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: British North Borneo
DateEra: 1891 AD
Denomination: 1/2 Cent
Obverse Description: Shield of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow; below, 1891; the mint mark, H, above the date
Reverse Description: Within a laurel wreath, HALF CENT; above and below the denomination it is repeated in Chinese characters; below the wreath the denomination in Malay; around above, BRITISH NORTH BORNEO Co.
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: British North Borneo Company, British North Borneo (Malaysia), 1891
Mint: Heaton & Sons (Mint), Great Britain, 1891
References: KM#1
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1801 - 1900, 2006

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