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Coin - 1 Cent, Penang, 1786 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 14033

1 Cent, Issued by Pulau Pinang, Penang, Prince of Wales Island, Malaysia, 1786
Minted by Calcutta Mint, India
Statement Of Significance:
This coin is atributed to Penang as worn examples were found there up to the 1950s. It is argued that these coins accompanied Captain Light when he set out to settle the island for the East India Company in 1786, at which time the island had no accepted British name - and therefore no name was placed on the coins. They are thought to have been struck at the Calcutta mint in early 1786 but no record of there production has been found.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 24.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 14.926 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
Series: British Colonial
DateEra: 1786 AD
Denomination: 1 Cent
Obverse Description: United East India Company bale mark
Reverse Description: Plain
Edge Description: Plain
Shape: Round
Material: Copper
Issued By: East India Company, Penang, Penang (Malaysia), 1786
Mint: Calcutta (Mint), India, 1786
Commissioned By: Captain Francis Light - East India Company, Penang, 1786
References: KM#3 (Malay Peninsula, Penang)
Pridmore 2
  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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