Philippine Coins: 1967 Isang Sentimo Pilipino Series

The coin series following the English Series coins was called the Pilipino Series. This marks the beginning of all Philippine coins being minted in the Tagalog language and features prominent Filipino people in history instead of the seated man and lady liberty featured in earlier coins. The word “sentimo” replaced “centavo” and a number denoting the value was also added to the obverse.

Minting started in 1967, but for this series most coins were minted 1 year after the reflected date. Some of the 1967 coins were minted in 1968, and most, if not all, of the 1972 coins were minted in 1973. Most coins from this series were minted in various mints in the United States and in other mints in neighboring Asian countries. The 1 Piso was introduced in this series in 1972 making it the largest denomination of this coin series. Production of these coins stopped in 1974.

I had a bit of difficulty finding coins in this series in their first minting year. I had to spend a bit to complete a series that features coins in their first year of minting – 1967 for the 1 Sentimo to 50 Sentimos, and 1972 for the 1 Piso.

In this post, I will be featuring the ISANG SENTIMO (One Centavo) coin.


1967 Isang Sentimo


Bust of Lapu


Metal: Aluminum


1967 Isang Sentimo


Coat of arms
Diameter: 15.25 mm
Thickness: 1.37 mm
Weight: 0.5 g

Lapu Lapu, the Datu of Mactan, was the first Filipino, in recorded history, to stand up against the invading Spaniards led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. I learned in college that it was not Lapu Lapu who actually killed Magellan. He was allegedly hit by a poison arrow by one of Lapu Lapu’s men or struck with a bamboo spear. Magellan’s fall prompted the fleet to retreat. I also learned that more of Lapu Lapu’s men died in the battle. The most probable reason for the defeat of the Spaniards was the overwhelming number of Lapu Lapu’s men. An estimate of 1,500 warriors fought for Lapu Lapu while Magellan’s group numbered only about 50.

This coin was minted from 1967 to 1970 and in 1974. I bought this particular coin from a coin dealer just to complete my collection. It was a bit pricey, but it was worth it.

Click the links below to view other coins of this series

Limang Sentimos (5 Centavos)
Sampung Sentimos (10 Centavos)
Dalawamput Limang Sentimos (25 Centavos)
Limampung Sentimos (50 Centavos)
Piso (1 Peso)

Click here to view the list of coins under the Pilipino Series.



~ by MAV on January 8, 2014.

3 Responses to “Philippine Coins: 1967 Isang Sentimo Pilipino Series”

  1. Nice

  2. How is 1974 1centavo

  3. Hi, naghahanap po ako ng mga lumang 1 cent for my coin collection.

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