Philippine Peso Coins and Banknotes

Philippine Coins and Banknotes

5 Centavo Coin - American Occupation

Five Centavo Coin
American Occupation (1903)
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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

Shape: round
Edge: plain

21.2 mm (1903-28)
19mm (1930-45)
Weight: 77.16 grains (1903-28)
75.16 grains (1930-45)
Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel (1903-41),
65% copper, 12% nickel, 23% zinc (1944-45)

Designer: Melecio Figueroa

The dimensions of this coin were changed in 1930. When the size of the 20 centavo coin was reduced, it had about the same size as the 5 centavo coin. Because of the losses because of the confusion between the two coins, the 5 centavo coin was reduced in size.

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.


B said...

hi guys!
i have a coin like this (5 centavo, American Occupation, 1903) but it's appearance (color) is not so good. How much do you think this coin will cost? I hope you can give me a range of amounts/values for this.

Belma Villanueva

ARSEN said...


i have a coin like this as well from 1932. How woud i go about checking the cost?

Anonymous said...

no one seems to know the value of these coins ive googled everything i know if u find out let me know i have a 1911

papet said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Guys! to all those wondering the value of your old Philippine coins. If you are in Metro Manila. There is a shop at the 2nd floor of Greenhills shopping mall at the furniture shops area that sells and buy old coins. you can bring your coin there and ask the owner the current market value of your coin.

Anonymous said...

Sadly the value of a 1 centavo and 5 centavo filipinas coins under the US goverment that are minted from 1903 to 1945 are not that expensive if you are wondering due to core composition. Mostly they are compose of copper,nickel and zinc.

On the other hand. If you guys have 10 centavo to 1 piso coins minted from 1903 to 1945 then you are lucky :)due to high % of silver composition

Philippine Money said...

Yes, how would you know the value of old coins and money? Is there any website that we can check for that.. Thanks!

heinrich said...

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heinrich said...

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heinrich said...

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Anonymous said...

We Buy Your Old Coins(broken,unwanted,junked coins)exchange it with cash on the spot!

Filipinas One Peso Coins
1903-1905 = 700 php each.
1907-1909 = 500 php each.
1911-1912 = 700 php each

Filipinas 50 Centavo Coins
1903-1905 50 Centavo = 250 each.
1907-1921 50 Centavo = 200 each.

Filipinas 20 Centavo coins
1903-1929 20 Centavo = 60 each.
1937-1945 20 Centavo = 50each.

Filipinas 10 Centavo coins
1903-1945 10 centavo = 30 each.

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Domy Magbutay said...

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