Philippine Coins: 1983 5 Sentimo Flora and Fauna Series
1983 brought about another change in Philippine coins. The “Ang Bagong Lipunan” Series was replaced by the Flora and Fauna Series. This coin series features flora and fauna that are mostly endemic to the Philippines and other tropical regions.
The change in coinage was to remove the “Ang Bagong Lipunan” motto, the slogan of President Marcos who was, by that time, despised by most Pinoys because of Martial Law and the widespread corruption in the government.
The metals used in each coin was also changed due to inflation. A new denomination, the 2 Piso, was also introduced in this series.
As a growing boy, the coins of this series are the ones I have come to know as these were the ones used for trade during my childhood.
This post features the 5 Sentimo coin.
1983 5 SENTIMO
“REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”
1983 5 SENTIMO
Weight: 1.2 g
Diameter: 17 mm
Thickness: 2.08 mm
The reverse features a rare orchid endemic only to the southern Philippines. Locally known as “Waling-waling”, it is found in the provinces of Davao, Cotabato, and Zamboanga in Mindanao. This particular orchid likes high altitudes and is found growing on trees at around 500 meters above sea level. It is now endangered. Its scientific name was changed to EUANTHE SANDERIANA. The Philippines Senate passed a bill declaring Waling-waling a national flower alongside the Sampaguita in 2013.
Originally, I thought the reverse was the Sampaguita. Oh well. I guess that just shows how indifferent we are to these types of things. Like the 1 Sentimo, this coin also saw limited use. These were generally shunned by the public as near worthless coins. Whats really strange though is that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas still mints this denomination to this day.
I had to buy this particular coin at a coin shop. Though it’s not really difficult to find this coin, I had trouble finding one minted in 1983.