Commemorative Banknotes

Commemorative Banknotes

Commemorative notes are being issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to memorialize an event of historic significance to the country. Usually, these are in limited volume, set apart from the banknotes intended for circulation and overprinted with an emblem or text descriptive of the theme or occasion being celebrated. In 1998, when the Philippines celebrated 100 years of independence from Spanish rule, the BSP issued commemorative notes specially designed `for the occasion which were made bigger than the circulation notes. In fact, the 100,000-piso Centennial Commemorative Note was recorded as the largest banknote in 1998 in the Guinness Book. The following are the commemorative banknotes which the BSP has issued since 1990:

Inauguration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos, 10 piso

Inauguration of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos 1981, 10-piso


Pope John Paul II visit to the Philippines 1981, 2-piso

PCCA Visit America

Pres. Corazon Aquino visit America 1986, 5-piso

Blessed Lorenzo Ruiz

Canonization of Blessed Lorenzo Ruiz 1987, 5-piso

40th anniv BSP

40th Anniversary of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 1989, 5-piso


Kababaihan Para sa Kaunlaran 1990, 5-piso

2nd plenary council

2nd Plenary Council of the Philippines 1990, 5-piso

natl centennial comm

National Centennial Commission 1998, 5-piso

centennial comm 100k

100,000-piso Centennial Commemorative Notes 1998, 100,000-piso

centennial comm 2k

2,000-piso Centennial Commemorative Notes 1998, 2,000-piso

50 cbp

50 Years of Central Banking in the Philippines 1999, 50-piso

intl yr of microcredit

International Year of Microcredit 2004, 20-piso

up 100

UP Logo 2008, 100-piso

60 yrs cbp

60th Anniversary of Central Banking in the Philippines 2009, All 6 denominations

400th ust

400th Anniversary of the University of Sto. Tomas 2011, 200-piso

up law 100

UP College of Law Centennial Celebration 2011, 100-piso

ateneo law 100

Ateneo Law School 2011, 100-piso

adb 500

ADB – Manila 2012 Board of Governors Annual Meeting 2012, 500-piso


DFA-Asean 45th Anniversary 2012, 50-piso

dlsu 100

De La Salle University Centennial Celebration 2012, 100-piso

mason 100

The MWGLFAM of the Philippines Centennial Celebration 2012, 100-piso

manila hotel

Manila Hotel – 100th Anniversary 2012, 100-piso


Canonization of St. Pedro Calungsod 2013, 50-piso


PDIC – 50th Anniversary 2013, 50-piso


Trinity University of Asia 50th Anniversary 2013, 50-piso


BSP 20th Anniversary 2013, 100-piso

mason 100

Department of Agriculture National Year of Rice
2013, 100-piso

mason 100

Iglesia ni Kristo 100 years
2013, 100-piso

mason 100

Pilipinas Shell Petroelum
2013, 100-piso

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