Philippine Coins: 1983 25 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 25 Sentimo coin.
1983 25 SENTIMO
“REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”
1983 25 SENTIMO
Weight: 3.9 g
Diameter: 21 mm
Thickness: 1.68 mm
The obverse features one of the most prominent painters in the Philippines. Juan Luna is especially known for his painting called Spolarium. The painting is rather huge and is housed in the Philippine National Museum. It has been said that the painting is cursed and has brought misfortune to its previous owners.
The reverse features a butterfly endemic to the Philippines. I don’t have much info on the butterfly aside from the fact that its endangered.
Ilocanos call this coin “binting”. I never got to know the reason why it was called that. This coin the smallest denomination that was widely accepted for trade. My cousin donated this coin for my collection. It’s not the best quality, but the details are still mostly visible.