In the Philippines, coins issued for circulation and dated from 1967 to 1974 were different from the coins that preceded them -- while previous Philippine coinage had denominations in Spanish with English writing on the reverse (Spain and the U.S. had both minted coins for the region), this new series used Tagalog on the coins instead. Tagalog is a language spoken by many people in the Philippines.
1 = ISANG
5 = LIMANG
10 = SAMPUNG
20 = DALAWAMPUT
50 = LIMAMPUNG
The obverse of each coin in this series shows a different hero or important figure in Filipino history, and the shield of arms on the reverse. We had a request from Lukie about a 1971 25 sentimos coin - this one shows Juan Luna on the obverse. Luna was a prominent Filipino artist and political figure in the 19th century. This coin is made of nickel-brass, as are the 10 and 50 sentimos denominations. The 1 sentimo is aluminum and the 5 sentimos is brass. 100 sentimos equal one peso.
These coins were all made from base metal and the catalog value is quite low. Here is a summary of the approximate catalog values for all dates and denominations in this series, aside from a few exceptions mentioned below:
worn: less than 1 U.S. dollar
average circulated: less than $1
well-preserved: less than $1
fully uncirculated: $1
1970 5 sentimos fully uncirculated: $2 approximate catalog value
1974 50 sentimos fully uncirculated: $12 approximate catalog value
Please note that all values on this page are catalogue values. Be sure you understand how catalogue values work. They are inflated values that are normally higher than actual buy and sell values. Refer to our Important Terminology page for a complete description of catalogue values.
Sidenote: Although a new Philippines coin series was introduced in 1974, 5.7 million of these 50 sentimos coins were minted with a 1975 date. They are included in the catalog values listed above.