Philippine Coins: 1983 1 Piso 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 1 Piso coin.
1983 1 PISO
“REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”
1983 1 PISO
Weight: 2.9 g
Diameter: 28.5 mm
Thickness: 1.63 mm
The reverse features the Tamaraw. A dwarf buffalo endemic to the island of Mindoro. It is critically endangered due to habitat loss. Its scientific name was updated to Bubalus mindorensis.
The obverse features José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. He is regarded as the National Hero of the Philippines.
Most of us once thought that the reverse featured the carabao. Now we know it’s the tamaraw.
I have read that coins minted in 1989 and 1990 feature smaller legends and design elements. Comparing it to other coins from other years, the difference is very subtle. One needs to really look at the coins very closely to even see the difference.
This particular coin I got from a bag full of coins. It’s the best one I have for the minting year of 1983. It’s not very difficult to get one of these. Coin dealers sell them for a bargain price. Sometimes you can even get them for free.