Sunday, December 5, 2010

Rare Philippine 1 Peso Coins: 1907 & 1908 series

These coins are what I consider as our oldest family heirlooms.  These were handed down by my great grandmother to my grandmother who used it as wedding coins.  Then, when it was passed on to my mother, she did the same, using it as her wedding arras.

Brushing up on history, these 1 Peso Philippine coins from 1907 and 1908 were in circulation during the American occupation of the Philippines, in the so-called era of the Insular Government.  A governor general appointed by the US President was the overseer of this territorial form of government.

Thus, the front side of the coin bears an American emblem:
Rare Philippine 1 Peso coin circa 1907
Rare Philippine 1 Peso coin circa 1908

Rear view of rare Philippine 1 Peso coins circa 1907 and 1908:

Now these coins are in my safe-keeping.  These 1 Peso Philippine coins from 1907 and 1908, may be of value today, but for me they are priceless.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Money Talks: Mastering Money

Words of wealthdom:

The single biggest difference between financial success and financial failure is how well you manage your money. It’s simple: to master money, you must manage money.

~ T. Harv Eker Quotes from Secrets of the Millionaire Mind

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Project Runaway: Rare Philippine Five peso coin from the Bagong Lipunan series

P 5.00  Five Peso Philippine coin circa 1979

During the Marcos era, the Central Bank of the Philippines came up with what I can describe as more 'stylish' and 'glamorous' coins.  This piece of currency served like a vanity plate for President Ferdinand Marcos.   The original image model of the Philippine five peso bill was Emilio Aguinaldo.  But with this Bagong Lipunan collection, Marcos decided to shove the five peso bills aside, and replace it with shiny, shimmery and splendid coins.  The coins were literally heavy on the pocket.  They were almost twice as big and twice as heavy as the regular coins. 

These coins were in moderate circulation.  They were around pretty much during the mid-70s to the early 80s.

Rare Philippine Five pesos coins of the Bagong Lipunan series, strikes a pose!  My family's collection are from the years' 1975, 1978 and 1979:

Saturday, September 25, 2010

PHILIPPINE COINS CIRCA 80s - the fashionable and the make-overs

The 80s were marked by eccentricity and experimentation.  I think the coins in the Philippines had it share of what we call some 'big hair' moments in the 80s.  
There was the 'chicklet' 1 centavo coin, the flower 5 centavo coin, the 2 peso bill gets a make-over! 

Philippine Coins currency, 1982 and 1986
Central Bank


the fashionable chicklet and flower coins (utmost right) - 1 centavo and 5 centavos, respectively.
The 1 Peso, 24 and 10 centavo designs, in my opinion were one of the most simple yet cool designs ever issued by the Central Bank

The 2 Peso bill gets a make-over!  First time that the decagon coin was introduced to the market. 


Saturday, September 18, 2010

MONEY TALKS - words of wealthdom from the Philippine Currency collection blog site

Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.
                                               --  William A. Ward

* once in a while this blog shall feature quotes on money, wealth, prosperity that could go into your piggy bank and might someday save you on a rainy day :-)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

THE CHICLET COIN of Philippine currency - 1 Centavo

These Philippine 1 centavo coins were square-shaped with rounded edges, so lightweight, and made a clickety sound.  Growing up in the mid-70s to the 80s, I thought these were part of my toys.  Until I found its distant cousin. (see picture below)
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Thursday, September 9, 2010


Might as well photo blog this now before they go out of circulation; or before they turn to paper bills (again, as in the case of ten and five peso coins).  Say "currency" with a smile!