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British North Borneo

1882 - 1941

In 1865 the Sultan of Brunei leased the territory of Northern Borneo to American Charles Lee Moses. Following a series of financing problems the lease changed hands multiple times before it came under the control of merchant Alfred Dent. In 1881 Dent founded the British North Borneo Provisional Association with the support of fellow Englishmen Sir Rutherford Alcock and Admiral Sir Henry Keppel. The association quickly gained an official Royal Charter and transformed into the North Borneo Charted Company. With the power that this new charter provided they began properly administrating Northern Borneo, organising further settlement, and acquiring additional sovereign and territorial rights from the Sultan of Brunei.

Among the privileges granted to Dent and his supporters was the right to produce a local currency. They wasted no time, beginning in 1882 North Borneo one cent coins were produced at the private mint of Heaton and Sons in Birmingham with half cent pieces being added from 1885. These coins were made of copper and were likened to the silver dollar that was used in the Straits Settlement and Hong Kong. In 1888 North Borneo became an official protectorate of Great Britain but its management remained within the hands of the North Borneo Chartered Company. In 1903 the coinage was quite seriously altered with the addition of two and a half cent and five cent pieces along with the design of the one cent piece.

Half Cent1885 - 1907One Cent1882 - 1941Two and a Half Cent1903 - 20Five Cent1903 - 41Twenty Five Cent1929
Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here.   MintageF12VF20XF40AU50MS621885-H Half Cent1,000,00040551503602,1001886-H Half Cent1,000,0002733751505001887-H Half Cent5,000,0002303707309102,4001891-H Half Cent2,000,000721001902304201907-H Half Cent1,000,0001302003905402,000Large Type1882-H One Cent2,000,000293787170630Large Type1884-H One Cent2,000,0003140100210870Large Type1885-H One Cent1,750,0001402204305305,000Large Type1886-H One Cent5,000,00095140260320480Large Type1888-H One Cent6,000,000293689190650Large Type1887-H One Cent6,000,000283580160570Large Type1889-H One Cent9,000,00070100180220520Large Type1890-H One Cent8,003,00069100180220590Large Type1891-H One Cent3,000,000273475140470Large Type1894-H One Cent1,000,0001803005807202,200Large Type1896-H One Cent1,000,0001502404605601,100Large Type1907-H One Cent1,000,0002003306307901,800Small Type1904-H One Cent2,000,000180280550680820Small Type1921-H One Cent1,000,0005171120140780Small Type1935-H One Cent1,000,000252957100270Small Type1938-H One Cent1,000,000253064120360Small Type1941-H One Cent1,000,00052731201502901903-H Two and a Half Cent2,000,00056791301604401920-H Two and a Half Cent280,0003140962007701903-H Five Cent1,000,0003849772105401920-H Five Cent100,00054802004702,7001921-H Five Cent500,0003646711009001927-H Five Cent150,00048661101302,8001928-H Five Cent150,0003038881706201938-H Five Cent500,00033441102401,0001940-H Five Cent500,0003140992108701941-H Five Cent1,000,00064931602003801929-H Twenty Five Cent400,00055751201501,100Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here.   MintageSP601885-H SpecimenHalf CentUnknown 1886-H SpecimenHalf CentUnknown7601891-H SpecimenHalf CentUnknown5301907-H SpecimenHalf CentUnknown Large Type1882-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown1,100Large Type1884-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown1,900Large Type1887-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown Large Type1888-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown1,400Large Type1890-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown940Large Type1891-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown1,300Large Type1907-H SpecimenOne CentUnknown 1903-H SpecimenTwo and a Half CentUnknown 1929-H SpecimenTwenty Five CentUnknown