Books on Philippine Coins

When it comes to Philippine coins, there’s really not a lot of readily available information out there. The Red Book devotes about 5 pages on U.S./Philippine coins but all it really provide are mintage information, technical specifications, and valuation. The Krause Catalog of World Coins includes all series of Philippine coins but all it provides is the same. Mintage and technical specs.

If you really want to know more about Philippine coins, and gain a better understanding of the history behind them, you will need to consult one of the following reference books.

These books are essential to every Philippine coin collectors. Most of these books don’t contain information on modern Philippine coins, but the information they do have on Philippine coins prior to 1974 are comprehensive.

The Basso book’s coverage on “Coinage Under Spanish Rule” is very informative and the chapters on Medals and Tokens is the most comprehensive of any guide book.

If you’re into collecting U.S./Philippine coins, the book by Lyman Allen provides the most recently (2012) published price guide. It’s already slightly outdated but it would at least give you an idea about the price of that coin you’re eyeing.

Lastly, most of these books are hard to find and out print. I rarely see any of these books come up on eBay. I feel as though these books are “collectibles” themselves. The 1st edition of the Basso book seems to come up more often than the 2nd edition.  So if you find them online at a good price, I recommend you go for it. You won’t regret it.


2013 Sanlibong Piso (1000 Pesos)

2013 1000 Pesos

José Abad Santos, Vicente Lim, Josefa Llanes Escoda; Centennial celebration of Philippine independence; Philippine Medal of Honor

2013 1000 Pesos

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in Sulu Sea; Pinctada maxima, South Sea pearl; Mindanao design for Tinalak (Ikat-dyed abaca)

The portrait of Abad Santos, Lim and Escoda were revised, a scene from the Centennial celebration of Philippine independence was added on the lower left. The reverse now features the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park and the South Sea Pearl.


2013 Limandaang Piso (500 Pesos)

2013 500 Pesos

Corazon C. Aquino, Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., EDSA People Power I, Benigno Aquino monument in Makati City

2013 500 Pesos

Subterranean Underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan; Tanygnathus lucionensis, blue-naped parrot; Southern Philippines cloth design

The portrait of Benigno Aquino, Jr. was redesigned and a portrait of his wife, former president Corazon Aquino, was added, a scene from the EDSA Revolution was added on the lower left of the obverse and the Ninoy Aquino Monument was added in the lower middle. The reverse now features the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and the Blue-Naped Parrot.


2010 Dalawandaang Piso (200 Pesos)

2010 200 Pesos

Diosdado P. Macapagal, EDSA People Power 2001, Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan

2010 200 Pesos

Chocolate Hills in Bohol; Tarsius syrichta, Philippine tarsier; Visayas weave design

The portrait of Diosdado Macapagal was revised, the Arroyo oathtaking was moved from the reverse to the lower left of the obverse with the Aguinaldo Shrine at the background and the Barasoain Church was added on the lower middle. The reverse now features the Chocolate Hills and the Philippine Tarsier.


2014 Sandaang Piso (100 Pesos)

2014 100 Pesos

Manuel A. Roxas, Old BSP building in Intramuros, Manila, Inauguration of the Third Philippine Republic

2014 100 Pesos

Mayon Volcano in Albay; butanding, Rhincodon typus, whale shark; Bicol textile design

The portrait of Manuel Roxas was redesigned, a picture of the old Central Bank building and the inauguration of the Republic of the Philippines was added on the lower left corner and bottom center of the bill respectively. The reverse now features the Mayon Volcano and the whale shark.