Philippine Coins: 1958 One Centavo English Series
1958 marks the start of a new era of coins for the Philippines. The country, now a fully independent nation, needed a more nationalistic form of currency. Enter the English series coins. This series is called the English series because it is minted using the “English language” and because all coins following this series would no longer be minted in English, but in Tagalog. This also marked the beginning of coins minted using purely base metals with no trace of silver or gold whatsoever. All coins from this series still maintained the same obverse design as its predecessors (the seated man and lady liberty), but would now bear the seal of The Republic of The Philippines on its reverse. This series was eventually withdrawn and replaced in 1967.
My goal was to collect the entire series dated 1958 and I am proud to say that I have.
This post features the ONE CENTAVO coin of this series.
1958 One Centavo
Man seated beside an anvil holding a hammer with Mount Mayon in the background
1958 One Centavo
“CENTRAL BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES”
Coat of arms
“REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES”
The one centavo coin was minted in the years 1958, 1960, 1962, and 1963. This would mean that all one centavo coins from this series were minted in the US.
Some interesting trivia about the English series:
1. The 20 centavo coin was changed to 25 centavos and its been that way since.
2. Coins dated 1958 to 1963, were minted in the US. Coins dated from 1964 to 1966 were minted in England and Germany.
I enjoyed rummaging through the bargain bin of coin shops just to get my hands on a 1958 coin.