The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) announced the circulation of a 10-piso legal tender coin in celebration of the 150th birth anniversary of one of Philippine’s patriot Gat. Andres Bonifacio.
Andres Bonifacio, was regarded as one of the Philippines’ greatest heroes, a dynamic leader who founded the Katipunan, which led to the declaration of Philippine independence in 1896.
The portrait of Bonifacio is etched on the obverse of the coin, along with the markings, “150 years,” “Republika ng Pilipinas” and “2013.” The reverse side, meanwhile, features the BSP seal, the signature of the hero, the Bonifacio monument and the markings, “150 years,” “1863-2013” and “Dangal at Kabayanihan.”
According to the central bank, 10 million pieces of the Bonifacio commemorative coin which has the same size (26.5-millimeters in diameter) and weight (8.70 grams) as the ten-piso coin currently in circulation.
The regular 10 peso coin features the heads of Bonifacio and Mabini. Apolinario Mabini’s own sesquicentennial will be celebrated next year.
The issuance of the coin was recommended by the BSP’s Monetary Board and approved by the Office of the President.
The BSP previously issued in 2011, 1 peso commemorative coins for the 150th birth anniversary of Jose Rizal. (BSP/PNN)