Philippine Coins: 1958 Ten Centavos 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  This series was eventually withdrawn and replaced in 1967.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 TEN CENTAVO coin of this series.


1958 Ten Centavos


Lady Liberty striking an anvil with a hammer. Mount Mayon in the background
Metal: Copper-Nickel-Zinc


1958 Ten Centavos


Coat of arms

The ten centavo coin was minted in the years 1958, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1964, and 1966.

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. This is probably the ugliest I have, but it’s a 1958 so I kept it. This coin has seen quite a bit of use, but most of the details still remain clear.

Click the links below to view other coins of this series or click here to view the list of coins under the English Series.

One Centavo
Five Centavos
Twenty Five Centavos
Fifty Centavos



~ by MAV on January 7, 2014.

6 Responses to “Philippine Coins: 1958 Ten Centavos English Series”

  1. how much will this cost now? per piece?

    • Hello. Well, depending on the condition, it may range from 10 Pesos to about 70 Pesos. This is the price i have observed from coin dealers so far.

      • Kind of a stupid question but I’m new with the coin thing. Do you know where we can sell coins? I have a bucket load of these English series coins and I’m not a collector so I don’t know what to do with them now. Any help would be much appreciated!

      • Hi There are a few groups in FB where you can post your coins for sale. You can look for Banknote Society of the Philippines. There are a few shops in Recto, one in Greenhills, and one in Megamall. I am not sure of they buy english series coins, because what they usually look for are pre-war coins. 1942 below.

      • I have more than 500 pcs of ten centavos 1958-1966…I want to sell this…09179427048

  2. i have ten centavos 1960 up i want to sell this ….. 09067692291

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