THE BANKNOTE ERRORS OF 2003

In the year of 2003, a rare printing error occurred in the Bangko Sentral facility where banknotes were being printed. This affected the production of the 20 peso bill which resulted to some 20 pesos note’s reverses to either exhibit light printing or totally lost the whole design itself which should have resulted to a uniface 20 … Read more

1945 COMMONWEALTH 50 CENTAVOS STRUCK IN LEAD

Among the controversial dates of the United States and Philippine coinage, 1944 and 1945 are two of the years that became one of the exciting periods of Philippine numismatic history. First, these are the years the second world war. The United States had concentrated its resources to the production of war machines, which became known … Read more

How rare are our coins nowadays?

Arranque is a small market located along Recto Avenue in Manila towards the direction going to the famous landmark, Divisoria. This portion of the city is famous as the Mecca of Precious Metals in the Philippines and the center of Exotic Animal Trade and Smuggling. The stretch of more or less than a kilometer of sidewalk … Read more

UNKNOWN MONEY, MANY STORIES PART 1: THE MASBATE MINING TOKEN

In the year 1380, different people from the mainland Asia migrated to the Philippines, mainly in search of gold. Various sites including Paraale, Surigao, Mountain Province, and Masbate were already famous for their gold deposits. During the arrival of the Americans in the early 1900, one of the initial projects of the American government was to mine and extract mineral … Read more

THE 1910 S TEN CENTAVOS: TRUTH OR DARE!

It had been more than two decades since the 1910 San Francisco Mint Ten Centavos was published that if somebody would have found it, the collector would have paid a great sum to have the fabled coin. The 1910 S is one of the famous numismatic pieces that had a very colorful background. Almost a … Read more

THE MYSTERIOUS WHITE 25 CENTAVOS

I have recently acquired a collection of unusual errors composing of a series of odd twenty-five centavo coins. Instead of the usual golden yellowish texture, these coins are white metallic textured. I though first that these coins were intentionally dipped into zinc thus making the white appearance but my assumption was wrong, these coins were … Read more

THE PHILIPPINE NUMISMATIC AND ANTIQUARIAN SOCIETY: “A LOST LEGACY?”

The Philippine Numismatic And Antiquarian Society Emblem Founded on March 16, 1929 and One of the oldest Numismatic Club in the World Recently, I was surprised to know that the Philippine Numismatic and Antiquarian Society, the oldest numismatic organization in the Philippines is bombarded with political controversy. Two factions emerged, a newly set of elected … Read more