Philippine Peso Coins and Banknotes

Philippine Coins and Banknotes

20 Centavo Coin - American Occupation

Twenty Centavo Coin
American Occupation (1903)
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Obverse: Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Ten Centavos", "Filipinas"
Reverse: arms of the US Territories, "United States of America", year mark

Shape: round
Edge: reeded
Diameter: 20.5mm
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.


Anonymous said...

ey i have 20cents... my dad made it into necklace, earrings and bracelet... Pure silver and have no rust... =)

ruel victor said...

i have seen few series of this types and noticed the difference on the eagle's much will it cost on the market???????thank you

Cloisonne Lapel Pins said...

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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 One Peso Coin. The letter told the story of twenty known pieces left 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 why this coin is not circulated before? Further research revealed that there was a plan to have them circulated to the Philippines in the same time as the 4 July 1909 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.

melvir princillo said...

i have this coin in 1944 how much i can sell it?

Anonymous said...

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