Philippine Coins: 2013 10 Piso Andres Bonifacio Commemorative Coin
November 30, 2013 marks the 150th birthday of Andres Bonifacio. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas minted a 10 peso commemorative coin to celebrate the hero’s 150th birthday. The coin is the same size as the current 10 peso coin, with the same bi-metal composition. It took me a while to obtain a coin since it was hoarded by collectors the moment it came out. I had to shell out some dough to get one…actually three.
2013 10 Piso Andres Bonifacio Commemorative Coin
“DANGAL AT KABAYANIHAN”
Bonifacio Monument; Bonifacio’s signature; BSP logo
Metal: Bi-Metallic (Nickel-brass center in Copper-nickel ring)
Weight: 8.7 g
Diameter: 27 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Many regard Andres Bonifacio as the “real” Philippine national hero. There are many opinions why this is not so and that Rizal is regarded as the Philippine national hero. In my opinion, they are both national heroes since their birthdays are official holidays in the Philippines. Rizal was Bonifacio’s inspiration for the revolt, but it was Bonifacio who actually led a revolt with weapons. Rizal did so by writing.
Bonifacio is the “Father” of the Philippine Revolution and the supremo (supreme leader) of the Katipunan – The secret society that led the Philippine revolt against Spanish rule. Bonifacio was later executed as a criminal under the order of President Emilio Aguinaldo, in fear that Bonifacio might take over as president. His body has never been found to this day.
I bought three of these coins from a coin dealer for a higher price than the face value. It was worth it, since it’s still quite rare and I haven’t found one in circulation yet.