2 1/2 Cents, Issued by British North Borneo, Malaysia, 1920 H
Minted by Heaton & Son, Birmingham, England
Shield of arms of the British North Borneo Company; on shield, a lion above a dhow; native warrior supporters one holding a shield the other as large machete; the crest, two arms holding a flag staff; below on ribbon the motto PERGO ET PERAGO (translation: I undertake and I achieve); below, the mint mark, H
Within a circle of beads, 2 1/2 / CENTS; around, STATE OF NORTH BORNEO . 1920 .
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. In 1903-1904 it 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. In 1903, 2,000,000 of the 2 1/2 cents pieces were struck. No further production was required until this issue in 1920 when a further 280,000 were manufactured. The was he second, and last, issue of this denomination.
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Type of item
25 mm (Outside Diameter), 4.997 g (Weight)
[Book] Bruce, Colin R. 2009. 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000.