Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sarawak Banknotes

Sarawak located at Borneo Island is one of the two Malaysian states in East Malaysia. It was once governed by the Brunei Sultanate in the early of 19th century. Upon arrival of Sir James Brooke in Sarawak, he was appointed as Rajah (Ruler) of Sarawak by Sultan of Brunei and he founded the White Rajah Dynasty of Sarawak.
The earliest banknote issued by Sarawak State was by the Sarawak Government Treasury between 1894 and 1917. They carried portrait of Sir Charles Johnson Brooke, 2nd White Rajah of Sarawak whom succeeded from his uncle, Sir James Brooke. The subsequent same notes which also issued the Sarawak Government Treasury between 1919 and 1922 were carried portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, son of Sir Charles Johnson Brooke and also the 3rd White Rajah of Sarawak.

In 1929, the Government of Sarawak issued a new type of notes to replace those notes issued by Sarawak Government Treasury. These new notes carried the portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. The Sarawak notes were issued in denomination of $1, $5, $10, $25, $50 and $100. They continued to be legal tender until Japanese Occupation in 1942.

Sarawak 1 Dollar
The $1 Sarawak note was printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd London in 1/7/1929, 1/1/1935 and 1/1/1940. THE FRONT features portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. Notice that Chinese and Jawi languages were used to describe one dollar. THE BACK features emblem of Sarawak state. Malay language "satu" was written on the right side of the note that carried the meaning of one dollar.

Sarawak 5 Dollars
The $5 Sarawak note was printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd London in 1/7/1929 and 1/1/1938. THE FRONT features portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. The Jawi and Chinese languages which describing the value of five dollars were printed on the left and right side on the top of the note. THE BACK features handcraft of Sarawak's native.



Sarawak 10 Dollars
The $10 Sarawak note was printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd London in 1/7/1929, 1/6/1937 and 1/1/1940. THE FRONT features portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. THE BACK features an administrative building by Sarawak Government.



Sarawak 50 Dollars
The $10 Sarawak note was printed by Bradbury Wilkinson & Co. Ltd London in 1/7/1929. THE FRONT features portrait of Sir Charles Vyner Brooke. THE BACK features handcraft of Sarawak native.

10 comments:

Omil said...

how much is your sarawak old $1 note1880-1903

vivienateng said...

thank you for posting this old notes.

it seems during the Brooke era, we Sarawakians are respected and have our own identity.

best regards.

Anonymous said...

How much is the Sarawak 10 dollar note worth?

Zoe said...

Do i buy these notes? I hv the Sarawak 10 dollar note. How much do u offer?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I am a Brooke descendant and would love to have a bank note, of any denomination, in any condition, for our family tree. Please email me at: brookefamilytree@live.com.au

Thank you

Anonymous said...

Hi in relation to the above message my email is actually brookefamilytree@live.com (no au)
Thank you

Anonymous said...

i am the collector for sarawak note, anyone can contact me at : kokhui128@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I am a great fan of Sarawak history in Brunei. My hobby includes collecting any junks on the Brooke era as well as its paper money.
Anyone offering to sell some or all of their collection may get in touch with me.
I can be reached at this email address:
laukokok@hotmail.com

Thanks everyone for taking your time to read my posting.

uetcoins said...

Good day to all,

I am looking to buy Sarawak, Straits Settlement & B.O.C.O.C banknotes.Anyone wanting to sell any of the above can contact me at email: uetcoins@gmail.com

Guarantee to offer you the best possible price.

Kindly leave your name and contact details for future communications.

Once again thank you very much for your time and interest.

Best rgds
CPL

mohd norfaisal Shaari said...

Email me at faishaari86@gmail.com if the note still available