British North Borneo 1 Cent

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  1. Seascape

    Seascape U.S. & World Collector

    I don't collect alot of copper but I had to have this.
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  3. Robidoux Pass

    Robidoux Pass Well-Known Member

    Fascinating coin. I agree; I had to get one the first time I saw this type.
  4. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin. Large coppers were my first love in world coins.
  5. kountryken

    kountryken Active Member

    This is the first one of these I've seen, but I like it, too. I've also found a few coins outside my normal collecting interests, just because I liked them. Thanks for posting.
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  6. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    Great coin, I have a few of them also. Nothing wrong with copper or bronze.
  7. Siberian Man

    Siberian Man Senior Member Moderator

    Very interesting coin! I have two coins from the set.
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  8. coin_nut

    coin_nut Supporter! Supporter

    1889 & 1890 Heaton Mint North Borneo one cent 1889 H GB-NB obv.JPG 1889 H GB-NB rev.JPG 1890 H GB-NB obv.JPG 1890 H GB-NB rev.JPG
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  9. Bardolph

    Bardolph Member

    The coinage of this territory which officially became a British Protectorate in 1888 (when Britain took over the North Borneo Chartered Company) was all produced by the Heaton mint in Birmingkam, UK - hence the letter H on all coins.

    With a territory of under 29,000 square miles and a with an estimated population of less than 100,000 in 1881, consisting mainly in "settlers on the coast and aboriginal tribes inland," the mintage figures seem rather excessive. Taking just the 1 cents alone, in the five year period 1886 to 1890, 34 million were produced - 340 per head!

    1885 1 million
    1886 5 million
    1887 6 million
    1888 6 million
    1889 9 million
    1890 8 million

    Compare this with Australia which, with a population in 1911 of 4.6 million when it began minting its own coins in that year, produced in the first five years a little under 13 million pennies.

    The BNB 2½ cent was produced only in two years, 1903, mintage 2,000,000 and in 1920 with a much smaller mintage of 280,000.

    The 5 cents were produced in only 8 years from 1903 to 1941, with 1 million each in the first and last year, and amounts between 100,000 and 500,000 – that of 1938 was half a million.

    There are four known variations in the BNB coinage:

    on the 1891 half cent where the H mintmark almost touches the shield
    on the 1886 1 cent where the figure 6 is lower and out of alignment
    on the 1887 1 cent where the 7 is wider spaced than the other numerals
    on the 1890 1 cent where the 0 is smaller than the other numerals.

    The 1890 is the only scarce variation, but the valuation of this and the other three remain unaffected.
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