Philippine Peso Coins and Banknotes

Philippine Coins and Banknotes

The Color of Money & The History of the Philippine Piso

The Color of Money

The color of money runs deeper than the obvious. With one look our money is green or red, violent, orange, yellow, or blue. As we look closer it changes into many different shades as painted by the countless stories it has become a part of. Our history, heroes, values, our daily life, the pursuit of happiness, and dreams fulfilled. Indeed the color of our money is the story - the pulse of our people. And as we evolve as a people, so does the color of our money.

The History of the Philippine Peso

The Filipinos first used paper currency in the mid 19th century while under Spanish rule.
With the establishment of the Central Bank of the Philippines in 1949, great Filipinos appeared for the first time on our banknotes, the English Series.

As our country progressed, our money continued its transformation. This time, it highlighted design elements that affirmed our independence.

In the 1960's, the english words on the notes were translated into the national language. Called the Pilipino series, the banknotes featured key events and places in our history.

In the 1970's, to echo the government's new society program, the phrase "Ang Bagong Lipunan" was stamped on the new bills. Our banknotes began to be printed in the newly built Security Plant Complex of the Central Bank.

The New Design Series was launched after the People Power REvolution in 1986. This included the 500-Piso banknote with the image of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr. and the 1000-piso which featured three Filipino wartime heroes.

When the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas was created in 1993 as the country's central monetary authority, its new logo was incorporated in all the banknote denominations.

By the new millenium, the security features of the banknotes have been enhanced and the type of banknote paper upgraded with a shift from cotton linen to cotton with Philippine Abaca.