Philippine Coins: 1967 Limang Sentimos 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 LIMANG SENTIMO (Five Centavos) coin.

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1967 Limang Sentimos
OBVERSE

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“LIMANG SENTIMOS”
Bust of Melchora Aquino de Ramos
(Click name for more info)
“MELCHORA”
“AQUINO”
“5”
Metal: Brass

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1967 Limang Sentimos
REVERSE

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REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS
Coat of arms
1967
Weight: 2.5 g
Diameter: 18 mm
Thickness: 1.4 mm

Melchora Aquino was a Filipino revolutionary. She was known as Tandang Sora. She aided the revolution by taking care of the Katipuneros. She was later known as the “Mother of the Katipunan.

Coins are an interesting way to learn about a country’s history. The Pilipino series coins were indeed very nationalistic. It would be great to use these coins to teach our younger generation about Philippine history and literature.

The Limang Sentimo was minted in the years 1967, 1968, 1970, 1972, and 1974. Around 10,000 proof coins were minted in 1974.

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

Isang Sentimo (1 Centavo)
Sampung Sentimos (10 Centavos)
Dalawamput Limang Sentimos (25 Centavos)
Limampung Sentimos (50 Centavos)
Piso (1 Peso)

Enjoy!

~ by MAV on January 9, 2014.

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