Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Coin Collection: Philippines English Series Coins

In 1958, a new set of coins was introduced by the Central Bank of The Philippines to replace the Commonwealth series coins. They were one, five, ten, twenty five, and fifty respectively. Below is a photo of the set I have. My goal for this set is to obtain an all 1958 series that is of fairly good quality that most details still show on the coin like date, the letterings, and the figure of the person in recognizable detail. Why 1958? Because its the year that these coins were first minted and I want an original series.

The English Series
Top row from left: 50 Centavos (1964), Twenty five Centavos (1966), Ten Centavos (1964)
Bottom from left: Five Centavos (1958), One Centavo (1960)

As you may have noticed, the coins come from different years. Only my five centavo coin is 1958. Below are close ups of the coins. Info from, 

Fifty Centavo Coin English Series (1964)

Obverse: 
Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Fifty Centavos", year mark

Reverse:
Seal of the Republic of the Philippines, "Central Bank of the Philippines"


Twenty Five Centavo Coin English Series (1966)

Obverse: 
Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Fifty Centavos", year mark

Reverse: 
Seal of the Republic of the Philippines, "Central Bank of the Philippines"

Ten Centavo Coin English Series (1964)

Obverse:
Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Ten Centavos", year mark

Reverse:
Seal of the Republic of the Philippines,. "Central Bank of the Philippines"

Five Centavo Coin English Series (1958)

Obverse:
Figure of a man seated beside an anvil and holding a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "Five Centavos", year mark

Reverse: seal of the Republic of the Philippines, "Central Bank of the Philippines"

One Centavo Coin English Series (1960)

Obverse:
Figure of a man seated beside an anvil and holding a hammer with a volcano (Mt. Mayon) erupting in the background, "One Centavo", year mark

Reverse:
Seal of the Republic of the Philippines, "Central Bank of the Philippines"


Here are some of the more closeup views of the 1958 Five Centavo coin that I got from the bargain bin. It was a good find considering that I have never personally seen a five centavo coin, from this series, in such a good condition. Most if the coins I saw were really worn down that only the outlines of the figures can be seen.

Obverse:
You can still see the finer details such as the man's muscle profile and the clothes he is wearing.
The coin has considerable tarnishes on it, but much of the details can still be seen. Oh! and its 1958 which  is the year this coin series was first minted.

Reverse:
This side is tarnished as well, but still most of the details can be seen. I apologize for the blurry picture. My hands were shaking when I took this photo. Unlike most coins today, the orientation of the reverse from the obverse is upside down. Meaning when you turn the coin on its vertical axis (left to right/right to left) the man on the other side is upside down and vice versa when viewing from the obverse.

Enjoy!

4 comments:

  1. wooohooo!! our hands got dirty for this... :D

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    1. Yup! I remember how i felt so excited when i saw the five centavo coin. I was at the brink of giving up.

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