How much is my coin worth?

•November 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

I often receive private messages asking how much their coin is worth. Sometimes I even get asked how much I am willing to pay for this type of coin or banknote. Determining the price of a collectible coin or banknotes is not a fixed formula. My usual answer is, “It depends.”

Where I come from, there is no known regulating body for the prices of collectible coins and banknotes. Prices often depend on the seller – how he/she values the item. Sentimental value is most often the dictator of prices. In coin collecting there are three things that affect coin prices.

  1. Rarity. The price of a coin goes up when it is relatively hard to come by. What I mean is that there are only a few of these ever minted or printed. The coin becomes a very desirable piece for a collector to have. When a certain coin or banknote has only a few existing specimens then you can be sure it can command a higher premium. The older the coin or banknote doesn’t mean its rare. However, it is also true that as time passes certain coins and banknotes become more rare. Collectors pride themselves in having coins or banknotes in their collection that no one else has.
  2. Condition. Collectors go for the best coins and banknotes they can get their hands on. The best looking coins and banknotes command a higher premium. Higher prices for mint condition coins and lower prices for circulated ones. Collectors are purists and if it is at all possible, we want coins and banknotes directly from the mint that makes them. Be wary of cleaned or altered coins. A cleaned coin, no matter how nice it looks has a lower price than a coin that is mint state and even undesired by most collectors. One thing about the condition of coins and banknotes is that it deteriorates over time. It is possible that a coin can lose its value as its condition deteriorates. This is the reason why collectors invest in coin flips, banknote albums, clear cases, vaults, etc.. to protect their investment.
  3. Demand. In my opinion, this is what affects the prices of coins and banknotes the most. A certain coin may not be very rare and may not have the best condition, but if it has a very high demand from buyers, prices can go up to absurd levels. I’m not saying that this cannot be affected by the rarity and condition, but the more people want something, the more expensive it becomes. The opposite is also true. Even if a certain coin is rare and in mint condition if no one is willing to buy it for the set price, chances are its price will go down until someone will be willing to buy it.


Philippine Coins: 2015 500 Piso Pope Francis Commemorative Coin

•July 8, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Probably my most expensive purchase in my coin collecting hobby so far. Ordered online and purchased directly from BSP, I present to you the 2015 500 Piso Pope Francis commemorative coin.

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Philippine Coins: 2015 50 Piso Pope Francis Commemorative Coin

•February 25, 2016 • Leave a Comment

Finally, after a long wait, I received an email from BSP that I can claim my 50 Piso Pope Francis commemorative coin and now I have it!

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Philippine Coins: 2015 10 Piso Miguel Malvar Commemorative Coin

•January 31, 2016 • 3 Comments

I was in for a big surprise to find out that Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas released a new commemorative coin on December 22, 2015. I was lucky enough to get a couple of them on December 23, thanks to an officemate.

Here is the 10 Piso Miguel Malvar 150 taon commemorative.

This commemorates the General’s 150th birthday, being born on September 27, 1865.

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Philippine Banknotes: Facts About New Generation Currency Banknotes

•January 27, 2016 • Leave a Comment

When I first laid eyes on the NGC banknotes, I was actually impressed by how they looked like foreign money. Its also noticeable how younger the portraits of the featured heroes look compared to the previous series. The only thing I don’t like with these notes is that the colors fade very quickly. Maybe its just me, but I especially notice this fading on the 20, 50, and 100 notes.

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Philippine Banknotes: New Generation Currency Security Features

•January 21, 2016 • Leave a Comment

The New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes of our country feature some interesting security features never before seen in previous Philippine paper money in circulation. I would like to share these security features in this post. I am quoting from a publication by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas entitled, The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ New Generation Currency Notes: Safeguarding the Integrity of the Philippine Currency by Maja Gratia L. Malic & Nenette E. Malabrigo. This details the new security features of the new banknotes that help consumers identify counterfeit bills from the real deal. Continue reading ‘Philippine Banknotes: New Generation Currency Security Features’

Philippine Banknotes: 20 Piso New Generation Currency

•October 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

2010 was when Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) rolled out the New Generation Currency (NGC) notes. 2007 was the year the new notes were conceptualized. It was to replace the New Design Series (NDS) notes that are in circulation since 1985. As of this date, BSP has stopped printing the New Design Series notes and will be completely demonetized by 2017.

The New Generation Currency notes feature the same heroes in the obverse. On the reverse, prominent, iconic, and historical places in the country, instead of events and buildings in the NDS notes. BSP was very keen in adding new security features never before seen in Philippine currency.

The color theme for each note remains the same from the NDS notes. Orange for the 20 Pesos, red for the 50, violet for the 100, green for 200, yellow for 500, and blue for the 1000 Pesos.

Featured here is the 20 Piso New Generation Currency note.

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