The Philippine Monetary System

Some photos and posts about the Philippine coins and banknotes are reposted from in partnership. Other posts and data are collected by 'The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points' in partnership with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

History of Philippine Money 
Philippine money–multi-colored threads woven into the fabric of our social, political and economic life. From its early bead-like form to the paper notes and coins that we know today, our money has been a constant reminder of our journey through centuries as a people relating with one another and with other peoples of the world. (Read more)



Philippine banknotes security features 
 Hold up your paper bills to the light and, depending on the denomination, you will immediately see one or two vertical lines within the banknote. They are there as security features to make it very difficult for counterfeiters to imitate real currency. Likewise, they are there to help you differentiate the counterfeit from the genuine. (Read more)


A Theory on the Origin of the Peso Sign
 Where did the peso sign originate? What is its history? Below is my hypothesis on how the two horizontal lines found their way into the P. (Read more)

Philippine Currency Trivia  
It is good to know that the New Generation Currency of the Philippines is printed with Bioguard technology by Arjowiggins. Bioguard produces banknotes that are treated to prevent bacteria from multiplying. The anti-bacterial property has been tested to resist washing and will last throughout the lifetime of the banknote. (More trivia. Click this)




New Jose Rizal P1 coin



How to Determine if Your New Philippine Peso Bills are Fake or Genuine?


Philippine New Generation Currency 


Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines) has released last December 16, 2010 a redesign of the new Philippine Peso Bill. The design features some of the Philippines famous Filipinos and natural wonders. Sizes of the new Philippine bill design is still the same as before which is 160mm x 66mm. (What's new with these banknotes? Click this)

Philippine Banknote New Design Series 
 Current Philippine legal tender banknotes are referred to as the New Design Series. This series was first issued in 1985. The 500 and 1,000 piso notes were released later in 1987 and 1991 respectively. (Click this for the description of each banknotes)


Philippine Banknotes Bagong Lipunan Series




Philippine Banknotes Pilipino Series 



Philippine Banknotes English Series 


Philippine Banknotes Victory Series




Philippine Guerilla Note Series





Philippine Japanese Invasion Money Series 




Philippine Banknotes American Series 




Philippine Banknotes Revolutionary Period 





Philippine Banknotes Spanish Era






Guinness Book of World Records Largest Legal Tender - 100,000 Philippine Peso Bill 
 This banknote was issued during the Centennial of Philippine Independence in 1998. It is as large as a legal-sized bond paper. Produced in Germany, the banknote has 21 security features including a hologram, making it very hard to counterfeit. On release, this collector's item was sold at P180,000. Today, it is worth many times more. It is recognized by the Guiness Book of world Records as the world's largest legal tender banknote. (Larger and more photos. Click this)


2000 Peso Bill - Commemorative Banknote 


The security features of this banknote include a 3-dimensional cylinder mould-made portrait watermark of the two presidents, and the years 1898-1998, iridescent band, color-shift windowed security thread, latent image, and perfect see-through register. (More photos. Click this)

Proposal for a 150-peso bill carrying the portrait of Jose Rizal 
There is a proposal submitted to the Governor of the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas for a 150-peso bill carrying the portrait of Jose Rizal as the central feature in the front portion. The intent is to promote the 150th birth anniversary of the Philippine national hero.  (More details. Click this)

Philippine Commemorative Banknotes and Coins







Philippine Coins- Culion Leper Colony 








Philippine Coins American Colony Series 








Philippine Coins Commonwealth Series 







Philippine Coins English Series







Philippine Coins Pilipino Series 







Philippine Coins- Bagong Lipunan Series







Philippine Coins Flora and Fauna Series 







Click the photo for the set of this series

Philippine Coins Improved Flora and Fauna Series 







Current Philippine Coins 





5000 Philippine Peso Gold Coin - The New Society Commemorative








10000 Philippine Peso Commemorative Gold Coin 








Five Hundred Philippine Peso Coin (Philippine Silver Proof) 







1000 Philippine Peso Gold Coin - Ang Bagong Lipunan Commemorative 








2500 Peso Gold Commemorative Coin - Corazon Aquino / Ronald Reagan 







How Philippine coins and banknotes are made 
This is a very informative video from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that shows how our banknotes are printed. It also explains why with BSPs ability to print money, they don't just print more money. (To watch the video, click this


Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas 
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is the central bank of the Republic of the Philippines. It was rechartered on July 3, 1993, pursuant to the provision of the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the New Central Bank Act of 1993. The BSP was established on January 3, 1949, as the country’s central monetary authority. (To learn more about BSP, click this)

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