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Malaysian Coin Values

1824 - 2013

Malaysia originated from the Malay Kingdoms, most of which from the 18th century became subject to the British Empire. The coins of various states covered in this reference include Straits Settlements, British North Borneo, Sarawak and the later states of British Malaya and Borneo. The Blue Sheet provides retail values for coins from these states to the Sheldon numerical standard designed to be used with PCGS and NGC certified coins and provides a fascinating insight into the history of Southeast Asia through its circulating coins.

In 1826 Singapore was amalgamated with the port of Malacca and Penang to form the Straits Settlements under the administration of the East India Company and while the Spanish dollar was initially suffice as a medium of exchange, the lack of low denomination coins soon became a serious burden on the economy. In 1842 the Governor of the Straits Settlements reported on the hardships faced in the colony from a lack of copper coinage stressing on the losses faced by the lower classes from the fluctuation in value of privately issued tokens and requested that 50,000 rupees of copper coinage with the denominations of one cent, half cent and quarter cent be struck for the colony. In 1845 these coins were issued providing immediately relief for the colony.

The first coins to bear the Malayan legend were issued in 1939 and this design would continue until 1950 except for brief pauses during the Japanese occupation of the region. In 1953 the currency then unified with the British North Borneo dollar and the newly issued coins bore the legend Malaya and British North Borneo. These coins continued to be struck until 1962 before the Federation of the states of Malaysia.

East India Company1824 - 45British India1862Sarawak1863 - 1941Straits Settlements1871 - 1935British North Borneo1882 - 1941British Trade Dollars1895 - 1935British Malaya1939 - 50Malaya and British North Borneo1953 - 62Federation1967 - 2013
Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here.    MintageF12VF20XF40AU50MS62SarawakCharles J Brooke Type I1891 One Cent525,000791102102602,700SarawakCharles J Brooke Type I1891-H One Cent1,070,000801102103001,200SarawakCharles J Brooke Type II1892-H One Cent2,178,0003344100230940SarawakCharles J Brooke Type II1893-H One Cent1,634,000961402703301,500SarawakCharles J Brooke Type II1894-H One Cent1,633,000130200380470760SarawakCharles J Brooke Type II1896-H One Cent2,178,000821202202701,200SarawakCharles J Brooke Type II1897-H One Cent1,089,0001001502803503,000SarawakCharles V Brooke Type I1920-H One Cent5,000,000263269130400SarawakCharles V Brooke Type II1927-H One Cent5,000,000313995190750SarawakCharles V Brooke Type II1929-H One Cent2,000,0001602606101,2007,700SarawakCharles V Brooke Type II1930-H One Cent3,000,00024274775160SarawakCharles V Brooke Type II1937-H One Cent3,000,00024274776160SarawakCharles V Brooke Type II1941-H One Cent3,000,0008401,4002,7003,4004,500SarawakJames Brooke1863 Half CentUnknown2604208801,1003,800SarawakCharles J Brooke1870 Half Cent250,0001101703203902,100SarawakCharles J Brooke1879 Half Cent640,00040561403401,700SarawakCharles J Brooke1896-H Half Cent327,00042591503401,700SarawakCharles V Brooke1933-H Half Cent2,000,000252959100280SarawakJames Brooke1863 Quarter CentUnknown3305401,0001,3001,600SarawakCharles J Brooke1870 Quarter Cent100,0003305401,0001,3001,800SarawakCharles J Brooke1896-H Quarter Cent283,000273376150510Straits SettlementsVictoria1872-H Quarter Cent9,240,000100150290350710Straits SettlementsVictoria1873 Quarter CentUnknown2403907,1007,50073,000Straits SettlementsVictoria1883 Quarter Cent200,0005,4009,10044,00051,000120,000Straits SettlementsVictoria1884 Quarter Cent8,000,000871302402701,100Straits SettlementsVictoria1889 Quarter Cent2,000,000303891180690Straits SettlementsVictoria1898 Quarter Cent1,600,0001001502906804,400Straits SettlementsVictoria1899 Quarter Cent2,400,000781102102501,800Straits SettlementsVictoria1901 Quarter Cent2,000,00039551403301,700Straits SettlementsEdward VII1905 Quarter Cent2,008,0001201903704501,500Straits SettlementsEdward VII1908 Quarter Cent1,200,00097140270330580Straits SettlementsGeorge V1916 Quarter Cent4,000,00024285495240Straits SettlementsVictoria1872-H Half Cent5,610,0001802805406901,600Straits SettlementsVictoria1873 Half CentUnknown3906401,4002,20011,000Straits SettlementsVictoria1883 Half Cent2,740,0004704707901,7007,100Straits SettlementsVictoria1884 Half Cent4,000,0001201803507301,900Straits SettlementsVictoria1889 Half Cent2,000,000303896200920Straits SettlementsEdward VII1890 MuleHalf Cent2 Known26,00033,00052,00052,00058,000Straits SettlementsEdward VII1908 Half CentUnknown721001802301,000Straits SettlementsGeorge V Round1916 Half Cent3,000,000344267110980Straits SettlementsGeorge V Square1932 Half Cent5,000,00023264468140Straits SettlementsVictoria1872-H One Cent5,770,0001001502904804,300Straits SettlementsVictoria1873 One CentUnknown2303707201,10018,000Straits SettlementsVictoria1874 One Cent10,000,000649216057013,000Straits SettlementsVictoria1874-H One Cent10,000,0001001603103903,200Straits SettlementsVictoria1875 One Cent6,000,0001502404705706,100Straits SettlementsVictoria1875-W One CentUnknown1602504806003,400Straits SettlementsVictoria1876 One CentUnknown1702705206401,700Straits SettlementsVictoria1877 One CentUnknown2103406707607,700Straits SettlementsVictoria1878 One CentUnknown1,2001,9008,10013,000110,000123456789101112131415161718192021222324