American Occupation (1911)photographs courtesy of www.philippinecoins.com
Obverse: figure of a man seated beside an anvil and holding a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Five Centavos", "Filipinas"Reverse: arms of the US Territories, "United States of America", year mark
Weight: 40 grains
Composition: 95% copper, 5% zinc and tin (1903-1941); 95% copper, 5% zinc (1903-1941)
Designer: Melecio Figueroa
The figure of the man in the obverse is an allegory for the hard work being done by the Filipinos in building their own future.
Arms of the US Territories
This is a braodwinged eagle, sitting atop a shield divided into two registers. The upper register has 13 stars, and the lower register has 13 vertical stripes.