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The 500 peso Marcos banknote

For twenty seven years it has eluded the eyes of many, most wouldn’t even know its’ existence. But this month, the Pilipino numismatic community was in awe as the rare “1985 Marcos – Fernandez 500 piso bill” showed up in pinoynotes.hostoi.com, one of the most reliable site on Philippine banknotes. This note is cited for … Continue reading

PH coins and Banknotes feat. Andres Bonifacio

November 30, 1863 marks the birth of Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro. He was a Filipino nationalist and founder & Supremo of the Katipunan which sought the independence of the Philippines from Spanish colonial rule. Later on celebrated as one of the country’s many national heroes, having himself immortalized in coins & banknotes.

RC MananQuil: PH money design & concept

How I “Made Money” for the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas My recollections of my personal story behind the redesigning of the Philippine bank notes and coins by Romeo Castillo MananQuil as told to Isa I. Palanca (published in Celebrate magazine, Fall 2008, Toronto, Canada) In 1982, while I was teaching at the UP College of Fine … Continue reading

The Story of Philippine money

By Atty. Ignacio R. Bunye – From the beadlike form of pre-colonial Philippine money, to the early coins and notes of the Spanish period and the Philippine revolutionary government, the face of our country’s currency has evolved significantly through the years. According to a history of Philippine money collated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, … Continue reading

The development of the Peso and it’s devaluation.

With the first 1-piso coin denomination appeared in 1972, PH’s peso back then has a relatively healthy exchange rate with US dollar, where PH ₱6.780 for US $1. Owning a single coin in those days’ means you’re affluent enough to have a hefty meal with still lots of extra change to spare. Others may recall … Continue reading

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