Grading Paper Money

The Grading of paper money is the most important aspect of dealing with currency. Whether you are buying for a collection or just trying to determine what the value of a given note is. Very small and seemingly insignificant features such as a small corner fold or a slight, almost undetectable wrinkle, could result in … Read more

King Alfonso XIII (1886 – 1898)

Alfonso XIII (Alfonso León Fernando Maria Jaime Isidro Pascual Antonio de Borbon y Austria-Lorena); when anglicised Alphonse Leon Ferdinand Mary James Isidor Pascal Anthony of Bourbon and Austria-Lorraine (May 17 , 1886 – February 28 , 1941), King of Spain, posthumous son of Alfonso XII of Spain, was proclaimed King at his birth. He reigned from 1886-1931. His mother, Queen Maria Christina, was appointed regent during … Read more

Numismatic Terms

About Good The grade AG-3. The grade of a coin that falls short of Good. Only the main features of the coin are present in this grade. Peripheral lettering, date, stars, etc. sometimes are partially worn away. See Also — AG3 About Uncirculated The grades AU50, 53, 55, and 58. A coin that on first … Read more

Finest 1906-S One Peso offered at Stack’s

The 1906 San Francisco mint 1 Peso enjoys the status as “King of Philippine coins” not because of its mintage, but because of the history behind it. There were more than 200 thousand of this coin produced dated 1906 aside from the proof coin minted by the Philadelphia mint. But because of the scarcity of silver and its … Read more

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