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Sarawak dollar of 1935

The dollar was the currency of Sarawak from 1858 to 1953. It was subdivided into 100 cents. The dollar was replaced by Malayan and British North Bornean dollar at par. The dollar had remained at par with Straits dollar, the currency of Malaya since its introduction and until it was replaced by the grand successor of Straits dollar, the Malayan and British North Bornean dollar in 1953. Both coins and banknotes are issued by the British North Borneo Company. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... State motto: United, Industrious, Dedicated (Malay: Bersatu, Berusaha, Berbakti ) Capital Kuching Governor T.Y.T Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Chief Minister Y.A.B. Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Bin Mahmud / Pehin Sri Dr. Hj. ... 1858 (MDCCCLVIII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... 1953 (MCMLIII) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Straits dollar was the currency used in the British colonies and protectorates in Malaya and Borneo, including the Straits Settlements. ... The Federation of Malaya, or in Malay Persekutuan Tanah Melayu, was formed in 1948 from the British settlements of Penang and Malacca and the nine Malay states and replaced the Malayan Union. ... The Straits dollar was the currency used in the British colonies and protectorates in Malaya and Borneo, including the Straits Settlements. ... 1953 (MCMLIII) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The British North Borneo Company was assigned to administer North Borneo (todays Sabah in Malaysia) in August 1881 and North Borneo became a protectorate of the British Empire with internal affairs administered by the company until 1946 when it became the colony of British North Borneo. ...


During the Japanese occupation period (1942-1945, paper money was issued in denominations ranging from 1 cent to 1000 dollars. This currency was fixed at 1 dollar = 1 Japanese yen, compared to a 1:2 pre-war rate. Following the war, the Japanese occupation currency was declared worthless and the previous issues of the Sarawak dollar regained their value relative to sterling (two shillings four pence). This article is about the year. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... This is an article about the Japanese currency. ... The shilling (or informally: bob) was an English coin first issued in 1548 for Henry VIII, although arguably the testoon issued about 1487 for Henry VII was the first English shilling. ... A variety of coins considered to be lower-value, including an Irish 2p piece and many US pennies. ...

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Coins

Throughout its history, coins were minted in values of ¼cent, ½ cent, 1 cent, 2½ cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, and 50 cents. Coin equal or above 5 cents contain precious metal. However, 5 cents and 10 cents coins were made of copper-nickel since 1920. The coins carry the portrait and the name of the Raja, James Brooke (as J. Brooke) until 1868, Charles Anthoni Johnson Brooke (as C. Brooke) from 1868 to 1917, and Charles Vyner Brooke (as C. V. Brooke) from 1917 to the end of this currency. A gold nugget A precious metal is a rare metallic chemical element of high, durable economic value. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... A Raja (sometimes spelled Rajah) is a king, or princely ruler. ... Sir James Brooke Sir James Brooke (29 April 1803 – 11 June 1868) was born in Coombe Grove, near Bath, England and became the first White Rajah of Sarawak. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Charles Anthoni Johnson (June 3, 1829 – May 17, 1917), later Charles Brooke, ruled Sarawak as the second White Rajah from 3 August 1868 until his death. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... Sir Charles Vyner deWindt Brooke (September 30, 1874–May 9, 1963) was the third and final white Rajah of Sarawak. ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ...


Banknotes

The first series was issued by the Sarawak Government Treasury. They were hand-stamped notes of low quality. All later notes were issued by the Government of Sarawak except for the 10 cents and 25 cents notes in 1919 (by the Treasury again). Throughout its history, banknotes came in the values of 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 25 cents, 50 cents, $1, $5, $10, $25, $50, and $100. Anything before 1922 or above $50 is extremely rare. 1922 (MCMXXII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


See Also

The Malayan dollar was the currency of the British colonies and protectorates in Malaya and Borneo. ...

References

  • Albert Pick (1996). Neil Shafer, George S. Cuhaj, Colin R. Bruce II (editors) Standard Catalog of World Paper Money: General Issues to 1960, 8th ed., Krause Publications. ISBN 0873414691.
  • (2003) Chester L. Krause, Cliffor Mischler, Colin R. Bruce II, et al. (editors) 2004 Standard Catalog of World Coins: 1901-present, 31st ed., Krause Publications. ISBN 0873495934.

External links

  • Global Financial Data currency histories table
  • Tables of modern monetary history: Asia
Preceded by:
No modern predecessor
Currency of Sarawak
18581942
Note: had been at par with Straits dollar, and Malayan dollar after 1939
Succeeded by:
Japanese occupation Malayan dollar
Location: present day Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
Reason: Japanese occupation
Ratio: at par
Note: The Japanese allowed the British North Bornean (and Malayan) dollar to circulate. But they were in practice hoarded as a more reliable store of value.
post-WWII
Preceded by:
Japanese occupation Malayan dollar
Location: present day Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei
Reason: Japan lost World War II
Ratio: The occupation currency became worthless. The value of the pre-occupation currency was restored.
Currency of Sarawak
19451953
Note: had been at par with Malayan dollar
Succeeded by:
Malayan and British North Bornean dollar
Reason: creation of a common Board of Commissioners of Currency
Ratio: at par, or 60 dollars = 7 British pounds

 
 

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