Philippine Coins: 1983 2 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 2 Piso coin.
1983 2 PISO
“REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”
1983 2 PISO
Weight: 12 g
Diameter: 31 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Shape: Decagonal (10-sided)
The reverse features the tropical coconut. I am not sure why this was included in the series since the coconut is found in almost all tropical regions and not endemic to the Philippines. However, the reason that the humble coconut was included in the Flora and Fauna series is probably because to the Philippines is the largest producer of coconuts in the world.
The obverse features Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, the father of the Philippine revolution against the Spaniards and the “Supremo” of the “Katipunan” (Kataas-taasan, Kagalang-galangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan). Personally, I consider him the epitome of Filipino bravery.
This is the last coin of the series and a very iconic and memorable one due to its shape. No other regular circulation coin has ever had this shape since, save for the commemorative coins.