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Malaysia British North Borneo 1, 2 1/2, 5, and 25 Cents  1882 to 1941
Malaysia British North Borneo 1, 2 1/2, 5, and 25 Cents 1882 to 1941

If you follow a map north and a little west from Australia you find a collection of large and small islands and peninsulas called Malaysia. One of the larger islands is called Borneo, and North Borneo is a northern state there.

Great Britain issued coinage for North Borneo in various denominations, including 1, 2 1/2, 5, and 25 cents which all bear the two-men-and-a-shield pattern. Some of the earlier cents were minted in bronze, so their color is different than the copper-nickel issues. The 25 cent coin was issued in 50 percent silver. Some coins bear the inscription 'British North Borneo' and others 'State of North Borneo.' This appraisal page applies to all these variations.

Here is what the catalogs say about these interesting coins.

1 CENT (bronze before 1908, copper-nickel after 1903)
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved (like our picture): $25
fully uncirculated: $80
coins dated 1894, 1896, and 1907 are worth about three times these values

2 1/2 CENTS (copper-nickel)
worn: $6 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved (like our picture): $40
fully uncirculated: $100

5 CENTS (copper-nickel)
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved (like our picture): $25
fully uncirculated: $60
coins after 1928 are worth about one-half these values

25 CENTS (silver)
worn: $15 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $25
well preserved (like our picture): $40
fully uncirculated: $70

Use our Important Terminology link to understand how these catalog values work relative to actual value. Actual value is less.

Coin: 5306 , Genre: Islamic Hindu Buddhist
Requested by: Nathan, Tue, 24-Aug-2010 13:39:46 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Sat, 04-Aug-2012 18:13:12 GMT
Reviewed by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Thu, 28-Jul-2016 21:34:04 GMT
Requester description: 1887 On one side there is some sort of coat of arms, consisting of a lion in the top half and a small boat in the bottom half. There is a man both sides of the coat of arms, one carrying a large sword, and another with what looks like a long thin shield. Has the words 'Ergo Et Perago' in a banner beneath the coat of arms. There is also a flag above the coat with a small lion on it held aloft by two arms emerging from the coat of arms. On the other side, the words 'BRITISH NORTH BORNEO' are written around a wreath, which itself surrounds the words 'ONE CENT' and some asian symbols.
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