Summary

1 Cent, Issued by Sarawak, Malaysia, 1863
Minted by Heaton & Son, Birmingham, England

Obverse Description

Head of James Brooke facing left; around, J. BROOKE RAJAH

Reverse Description

Within a laurel wreath ONE / CENT; around above, SARAWAK; below, 1863

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

James Brooke, whose head appears on the obverse of this coin, became Rajah of Sarawak in 1842 after receiving the land and title from the Sultan of Brunie. In 1863, through his British agents Buchanan, Hamilton & Co. he arranged for copper coins with the denominations of 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Cent to be struck in Birmingham. This was the only issue in his name. The Spanish dollar was the principle silver coin of the region at the time and the copper coins were fractions of it. This piece may be a cast copy.

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