ALFONSO XII POR LA G·DE DIOS
|Crowned arms, pillars|
REY CONSTL DE ESPANA
50 Cs DE PESO
|Legend meaning “Law, homeland, king” and stars.
Lettering:LEY PATRIA REY
This issue was produced at the Manila mint, which struck all Philippine coinage from 1925 until World War Two.
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.
- Allen, Lyman. U.S. / Philippine Coins, 7th ed. 2012
- Basso, Aldo. Coins, Medals and Tokens of the Philippines 1728 – 1974, 2nd ed.
- Shafer, Neil. A Guide Book of Philippine Paper Money, 1st ed. 1964
- Shafer, Neil. United States Territorial Coinage for the Philippine Islands
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 It’s already slightly outdated but it would at least give you an idea about the price of that coin you’re eyeing.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.
One Hundred Pesos, second issue. Rizal monument at right, watermark of banana plant at left. Size is 6 5/6 x 2 3/4 inches.
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.
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.
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.