Happy New Year to all !
I got a new Php 5.00 commemortive Php 5.00 coin issued by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( BSP) This will make numismatics around the world busy for a while.
This is to commemorate the 154th birthday of Andres Bonifacio and 120th anniversary of his death last November 2017.
The new design was released by December 2017 under the New Generation Currency (NGC) Coin Series with the rest of the denominations scheduled for next year.
The obverse of the 7.5 gram coin bears the inscription, “Republika ng Pilipinas” and the name and profile of the Father of the Philippine Revolution. The reverse of the coin features a Philippine plant called (Strongylodon macrobotrys )commonly known as jade vine, emerald vine or turquoise jade vine with local name “Tayabak” with BSP logo. Aside from its fresh design, the coins boast of “corrosion resistance” abilities and were reportedly enhanced to prevent forgery.
At first glance the coin seems as big as the ordinary Php 1.00 coin and this looks very confusing. This will take a while for the ordinary public can get use to this coin.
It seems that the coins that BSP had been issuing are getting smaller and smaller as time passes by.
But holding the coins, there are some unique design features which a blind person can clearly distinguished.