Sarawak 1929-H cent
This specimen was lot 1612 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it sold for $3,525. The catalog description noted, "SARAWAK. Cent, 1929-H. PCGS SP-64 RB Secure Holder. EXREMELY RARE. The finest of only two specimens of this date graded at PCGS, with none at NGC. Light red toning." This specimen realized 117 times the catalog value in uncirculated. Sarawak, now a part of Malaysia, was once ruled by a dynasty of white rajahs ending with Charles V. Brooke (ruled 1917-46). The region was devastated by Japanese occupation during World War Two, so the rajah abdicated in favor of direct British rule. This type was struck 1927-30, 1937 and 1941 for the rajah at the Heaton mint in England. The type is common in circulated condition.
Recorded mintage: 2,000,000.
Catalog reference: KM-18; Tan-SC11.
- Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.