Philippine Peso Coins and Banknotes

Philippine Coins and Banknotes

Antibacterial Banknotes

It’s not hard to imagine just how dirty banknotes are. They are exchanged from one dirty hand to another, get dirty wet in markets, fall on dirty soil, and come in contact with other dirty money. We fold them, crease them, roll them, crumple them, even split them in half, thus wearing out their structure and providing more attachment surface for bacteria and fungi. No matter how dirty they become, we never throw them away nor even attempt to disinfect them with Lysol or alcohol. We just keep using them and they get dirtier and dirtier. It will not be surprising if someone can prove that banknotes are significant mediums for the spread of contagious diseases among people. Someone even said that banknotes should carry a government health warning.

It is good to know that the New Generation Currency of the Philippines is printed with Bioguard technology by Arjowiggins. Bioguard produces banknotes that are treated to prevent bacteria from multiplying. The anti-bacterial property has been tested to resist washing and will last throughout the lifetime of the banknote.

Here is a screenshot from their slideshow showing the difference between treated and untreated paper 24 hours after inoculation with E. coli bacteria.

How did they do this? They don’t say how, but most likely the banknote paper is treated with metallic ions which are known to have a wide range of antibacterial properties. Most notable among these ions is silver although copper, zinc, and other ions may also have been used. These ions inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi.

So now, could we rub our hands on our banknotes instead of washing before eating? Maybe not, unless you’re willing to hold the banknote and let your food wait for 24 hours. But still this is a welcome feature to keep our banknotes cleaner and safer for the public.


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Anonymous said...

i got a new 100 peso bill with a new overprint of 100 yrs of college of law of UP

Anonymous said...

hi. your blog is really helpful. i hope you can help me, too. i'm wondering if BSP still swap old coins to new currency. we have old philippine coins dated 1944-1999 and we wanted to swap it to current coins sana. where can we go to do just that? thank you.

mark angelo carolnio said...

it's so nice to read useful info here about our bank notes... keep up the good work :)

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hector cadena said...

i have rare 5piso year 2000 coins (3 types).
type 1 is the regular coin.
type 2 has excess gear tooth on reverse.
type 3 has fat gen. aguinaldo on obverse.
some say they dont exist, but i have them.
have comment?

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bernard serapion said...

sorry for asking..

Bakit di na pd ibili ang mga dateng pera ?
db pera naman un ?

db dpat habang tumatgal nakikita pa naten ang mga dateng pera ?

Anonymous said...

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