Philippine Coins: 1967 Sampung 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 SAMPUNG SENTIMOS (Ten Centavo) coin.


1967 Sampung Sentimos


Bust of 
Francisco Baltazar y dela Cruz
(Click name for more info)

Metal: Copper-nickel-zinc


1967 Sampung Sentimos


Coat of arms
Weight: 2 g
Diameter: 17.85 mm
Thickness: 1.15 mm

Francisco Baltazar is known as “Hari ng Makatang Tagalog” or King of Tagalog Poetry. His most famous work is the narrative poem, Florante at Laura.

Balagtasan, a form of poetic debate, came from his other name, Francisco Balagtas. I’m sure every Filipino kid who went to grade school knows balagtasan. I remember participating in balagtasan in 4th grade.

The “Sampung Sentimos” coins were minted from 1967 to 1972, and 1974.

I was fortunate enough to find this particular coin in an old bag. I didn’t have to buy a 1967 coin from the coin shops. It is surprisingly in great condition though it went in circulation and saw a bit of use in trade.

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



~ by MAV on January 9, 2014.

One Response to “Philippine Coins: 1967 Sampung Sentimos Pilipino Series”

  1. i have a philippine old coins 10 sentimos 1967-1972 and 1974 Francisco Baltasar and i want to For Sale.

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