Philippine Coins: 2014 5 Piso 70th Anniversary – Leyte Gulf Landing
Just last year, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released a set of commemorative coins. Two 5 Piso coins and one 10 Piso coins. I was quite excited when these came out and I had hoped I could be the first one to get these straight from the mint, but that was a long shot. With that, I headed to my favorite coin dealer and bought a set for a price.
Featured here is the commemorative coin for the 70th Anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing. This commemorates the return of General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines in 1944, fulfilling his promise, “I shall return.”
2014 5 LEYTE GULF LANDING 70th ANNIVERSARY
“LEYTE GULF LANDING”
Depiction of Leyte landing.
Background is filled with repeating text, “LEYTE GULF LANDING 70 YEARS”
2014 5 PISO LEYTE GULF LANDING 70th ANNIVERSARY
“I have returned. By the grace of Almighty God our forces stand again on Philippine soil – soil consecrated in the blood of our two peoples.”
5 stars indicating Douglas MacArthur’s rank as a 5-star General; below is his signature.
“Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur”
“REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS”
Diameter: 26.9 mm
Thickness: 1.9 mm
Weight: 7.75 g
This coin commemorates the return of General Douglas MacArthur to the Philippines, fulfilling his promise that he will return. His return marked the beginning of the end of the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
Taking a closer look at the coin, the lower part of the reverse is filled with repeating text, “REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS.”
At the date if this post, the Philippines is celebrating Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor). This post is dedicated to the soldiers who fought for freedom during the second world war.