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Coin - 1 Cent, Penang, 1787 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14025

1 Cent or 1 Pice, Issued by Pulau Pinang, Penang, Prince of Wales Island, Malaysia, 1787
Minted by Calcutta Mint, India
Statement Of Significance:
Cents and 1/2 cents were struck for Captain Francis Light at the Calcutta Mint the year after he founded the British colony of Penang. They were the second issue of copper coins for the island after the heavy undated uniface cents attributed to 1786. In Penang the standard coin was the Spanish American silver dollar and these coins were 100 and 200 to the dollar. However they have for a long time been termed a pice and 1/2 pice, an Indian denomination which was a fraction of a rupee. The earliest notice of this incorrect terminology is reported by Pridmore as occuring in 1825.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 25 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 7.991 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Calcutta Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, Kolkata, India, 1757-1952, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Malaysia - Penang
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
DateEra: 1787 AD
Denomination: 1 Cent
Obverse Description: United East india Company's bale mark; below 1787 divided by a rosette
Reverse Description: Inscription in Arabic script "Jezirah Perrinsa ab-Wailis" (Prince of Wales Island)
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Penang, Penang (Malaysia), 1787
Mint: Calcutta (Mint), India, 1787
Commissioned By: Captain Francis Light - East India Company, Penang, Penang (Malaysia), 1787
References: KM#4 (Malay Peninsula, Penang)
Pridmore 3
  1. [Book], Major Fred Pridmore, Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, Government Printing Office, Singapore, Singapore, 1955
  2. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1701 - 1800, Krause Publications, Iola, 2007

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