Philippine Peso Coins and Banknotes

Philippine Coins and Banknotes

50 Centavo Coin - American Occupation

Fifty Centavo Coin
American Occupation (1908)
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Obverse: Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Fifty Centavos", "Filipinas"
Reverse: arms of the US Territories, "United States of America", year mark

Shape: round
Edge: reeded
Material: silver
Designer: Melecio Figueroa

The figure of Lady Liberty striking the anvil with a hammer is supposed to depict the work done by the Americans in creating a progressive Philippines. Many suspect that the lady in the figure is actually Blanca, the daughter of the designer.

Arms of the Commonwealth

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.


Rossana D. Pearson said...

My papa gave me these coins and I am just wondering how much they are worth now?

I kept these coins for 15 years now as part of my collection.

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Anonymous said...

Mr. John Riley commented on the speech of Dr. Greg Pineda about The Mystery of 1907 Proof US-Philippine One Peso Coin. He stated that several trial pieces of 0.800 fine and 0.900 fine were struck at the Philadelphia US Mint to test the newly reduced size silver 1907 One Peso: and the two best quality pieces, one 0.800 fine and one 0.900 fine were presented for approval.

The Central Bank Museum acquired the 0.900 fine Peso while the other went to Dr. Greg Pineda. The rest of the trial-struck pieces are believe to be in the hands of a Filipino Collector.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Ken Seymore gave the final presentation entitled ³The Philippine Mystery 1909 Proof Coin². He related a tale presented to him in a letter some many years ago. It was an offer to sell a Philippine 1909 Proof Philippine One Peso Coin. The letter told the story of twenty known and that they had been confirmed by the mint as real but not authenticated because they were smuggled by mint employees. Such pieces were not presently known to exist. The pieces are now scattered amongst three owners somewhere in Manila. What puzzled Ken more was what could possibly be the presentation they were intended for? Further research revealed that there was a significant Philippine presentation opportunity in the same time frame. This was the 4 July 1946 Philippine Independence Day ceremony from the United States. The identity of the individual who offered the piece has long ago been forgotten, because at the time it was felt the piece was counterfeit. It was only recently that these new facts have crossed together. To this day the pieces have not shown up. Hopefully, they will, and more research can be done. Several people in the audience showed some excitement over the possibilities of these pieces existing and being real.

Anonymous said...

Since U.S. mints had to replace nearly all of the Islands silver coinage in 1907 it was not felt that there were enough resources to make 1907 Proof Sets. When Proof Set production resumed in 1908 all of the silver coins, including the 1908 One Peso, were struck in the newly authorized reduced weight and fineness. 1909 was the last year of production for Philippine Proof coins and the only year that the reduced size and weight One Peso Proof not circulated.

Anonymous said...

1909 Proof set of US\Philipines one peso is widely believe to be fake among collectors because there is no evidence of its existence

Anonymous said...

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