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The Philippine Coin Evolution

They say that life is a constant change. Yes, it’s true just like coins change in time.  Coins. Before paper bills, the credit cards and ATM cards, they were the first. They may change in their shape and color but they were and are always present.

I was sorting my stuff in my drawer last night when I saw one of my scrapbox(just click here to know what a scrapbox is for me) slightly opened. I had about six scrap boxes in my drawer containing different stuffs like souvenirs and other collections that sometimes I forget what is what. I opened it and an idea just pop-up into my mind. That box contained Philippine Peso coins. Old coins to be exact with different shapes and sizes.

I wondered whose hands touch these coins before they landed on my scrap box. The truth is that, I just saw some of these coins on the ruins of our old house. Some were given by a college classmate and others are from my mother’s old wooden luggage. Some of them are just the same worth but different shape, design and size. All just prove that coins do change. Coins do evolve…lol…

The 1970’s Piso or Php1.00 coin or one peso coin is about 1 inch in diameter. There is an engraved image of the Philippine National hero Jose Rizal in one side and a logo of the Republic of the Philippines in the other side. I had two of these coins and they were dated 1974 and 1972. Years when both my mother and father were on their early 20’s. In the late 1980’s, the Piso coin was changed. It was a little bit smaller than the 1970’s Piso coin. Rizal was still on the other side but that time, the logo was removed and was replaced with an engraved image of the Philippine’s national animal which is Carabao. I had two of these coins and they were dated 1987 and 1989. In the mid 1990’s, it changed again a little smaller but with the same design. I have one dated 1994 and in 2000, the Piso coin evolved and again. A little bigger than the mid 1990’s but a little bit smaller than the 1980’s coin. Until now, it’s the used Piso coin in the Philippines.

The two Piso coins or Php2.00 no longer exist nowadays but I’m lucky to have kept one old Two Peso coin. This coin is a 10-sided shape and about ¾ inch in diameter. It has an engraved image of a coconut with its scientific name on one side and an engrave image of Andres Bonifacio in the other side. (There wasn’t a three peso coin before so we used to joke around that a three peso coin has an engraved image of a carabao tied to coconut tree… lol) My two peso coin was dated 1989. Two peso coins were produced along with the 1980 one peso coin and they were replaced and vanished on the mid 1990’s which is the reason why I only experienced them as my allowance for the first three years of my grade school years.

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    On May 19, 2011 at 2:33 am

    Amazing stuff

  2. mtrguanlao

    On May 19, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Wow sis,you were able to keep them?! I consider it antique already,lol! :)

  3. el zorro

    On May 19, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    pst..VEE ano ito? scam? ba’t ang iksi nito? tsk tsk…

    nice collection by the way :)

  4. lapasan

    On May 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    yes, coins always change to include their purchasing power.

  5. AJ Garcia

    On May 20, 2011 at 3:14 am

    It’s really nice to keep a collection of coins. It’s history. :)

  6. Macherie

    On May 20, 2011 at 5:14 am

    grabe sis, nag oxidize na!ako wala akong collection.. lahat nakagasta.. buti may natago ka pa..hehhe. Yung gusto ko pero di ko na inabutan yung piso.. kasi silver daw yun.

  7. papaleng

    On May 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    mayroon lahat ako niyan, Yung 5-peso special edition ni Macoy, iningatan ko.

  8. culprit pontiff

    On May 21, 2011 at 8:04 am

    wow….I miss those coins..naku lalo naman ang nanay ko.gamit na gamit nag diyes at singko nung kapanahunan nya..

  9. Christine Ramsay

    On May 21, 2011 at 9:25 am

    A really interesting post. You have reminded me that we have a tin of old coins which we found with our metal detector thirty or forty years ago. I doubt if any of those English coins look the same as the coins we have these days. I must have a look at them.

  10. Dee Gold

    On May 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

    cool talaga mga coins natin

  11. pruelpo

    On June 6, 2011 at 4:13 am

    WoW! you really gathered them. They are part of our history for that we have if we can to keep them as living memory. Thanks for writing this article – it does refresh me remembering the past. Well done!

  12. JaiGu2693

    On June 6, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    its interesting to know how our money has changed all these years. tnx for sharing!!

  13. Bong

    On September 12, 2012 at 8:12 am

    WOW!!!!! madami pang kulang na coins pero you are lucky to have those… gusto ko rin magcollect kaso wala akong mahanap… :(

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