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50 cents
Malaya Borneo 50 cent coin 1954
1954 coin from the Royal Mint
General information

Flag of Brunei Brunei
Flag of Malaya Federation of Malaya
Flag of North Borneo North Borneo
Flag of Sarawak Sarawak
Flag of Singapore Singapore





Measurements and composition

9.38 g


27.5 mm







  • security edge
  • plain

Elizabeth II


State title, value, year

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The 50 cent coin is a circulation coin of the Malaya and British Borneo dollar that was issued from 1954 to 1961, during the earlier reign of Queen Elizabeth II (1926–), the current ruler of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realm. The piece was officially issued in the independent Federation of Malaya, and in the British colonies of Brunei, North Borneo, Sarawak, and Singapore, where it had a value equivalent to 0.50 dollars prior to its eventual demonetization. It was produced at three mints – the Birmingham Mint, Kings Norton Mint, and Royal Mint in London – and issued by the Board of Commissioners of Currency.

The coin is composed of cupronickel and has a mass of 9.38 grams and a diameter of 27.5 millimeters. It uses medallic alignment, and like most coins, is round in shape. A majority of examples have security edges, although many errors exist that do not have such a feature. Featured in the center of the obverse, designed by English sculptor Cecil Thomas (1885–1976), is a right-facing illustration of a younger Queen Elizabeth II wearing St. Edward's Crown. Inscribed along the rim is the English caption "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND", which commences at the upper right travelling downward, arches upward at the bottom of the obverse, and concludes at the upper left periphery. Featured in the center of the reverse is the value "50 CENTS", the numeral and the word printed on separate lines and the former written in a significantly larger font than the latter. The mint mark is written in small font underneath the word "CENTS", an "H" representing Birmingham and a "KN" signifying Kings Norton. If no mint mark is present, the example was struck at the Royal Mint. The indication of the coin's face value and the mint mark (if included) are enclosed within a circular dotted border. Inscribed beyond the border is the state title "MALAYA AND BRITISH BORNEO", which starts in an upward direction at the bottom left periphery of the coin, arches downward at the top, and ends at the lower right rim. The Gregorian year of minting is printed in Western Arabic numerals at the very bottom of the coin, separated from the state title by two square points.

A total of at least 44,400,000 examples of the 50 cent coin were produced, excluding an unknown number of proofs minted in 1954, 1956, 1957, and 1961.

Year Mint Mintage
1954 Royal Mint (no mark) 8,000,000
1954 Proof Royal Mint
1955 Birmingham (H) 4,000,000
1956 Royal Mint 3,440,000
1956 Proof Royal Mint
1957 Birmingham 2,000,000
1957 Proof Birmingham
1957 Kings Norton (KN) 2,000,000
1958 Birmingham 4,000,000
1961 Royal Mint 17,000,000
1961 Proof Royal Mint
1961 Birmingham 4,000,000
1961 Proof Birmingham


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