1 Cent, Issued by Malaya, Malaysia, 1943
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Crowned head of the King facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR; artist's initials, PM, below neck
At centre within a bead circle, 1 / CENT; around, COMMISSIONERS OF CURRENCY MALAYA 1943
The British Government established the Malay Planning Unit in London in 1943 to prepare for the return to Civil Government to 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 their 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 one cent coin had its size reduced to 20 mm from previous 21 mm for this denomination.
Donation from Mr John P. Sharples - Museum Victoria, Mar 1986
Type of item
20 mm (Width), 20 mm (Height), 4.28 g (Weight)
Square with rounded corners
KM#6 Pridmore 286 Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951, p.58-59
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.
[Book] Pridmore, Fred. 1955. Coins and Coinages of the Straits Settlements and British Malaya 1786 to 1951.