150th Birth Anniversary of Miguel Malvar

I got this commemorative 10-peso coin featuring the 150th birth anniversary of Miguel Malvar as change from SM City Naga shopping mall a few weeks ago.

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1000 is blue, 100 is violet

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When the Philippine New Generation Currency series was released in December 2010, it was intended for the 1000-peso bill to be light blue and the 100-peso bill to be violet. But the actual design of the 1000-peso bill (shown above at the top) had some violet portions and the 100-peso bill (shown above in the middle) had some blue portions.

This helped some tricksters make some easy money. They would show a cashier of a small shop a 1000-peso bill and ask for it to be exchanged with smaller denomination bills of equal total value. When it was time to exchange the bills, the tricksters would swap the 1000-peso bill with a 100-peso bill folded so that the blue portion was visible and the figure “100” was hidden.

To avoid confusion, the Central Bank of the Philippines changed the colors of the 100-peso bill starting with those dated 2015 A, changing most of the blue color to violet and lilac (as seen above at the bottom).

Bagong Bayani

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A few days ago, I got this Bagong Bayani Commemorative Coin in my change. It’s a 2014 Philippine five peso circulating coin created in honor of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). (Bagong Bayani is Filipino for “New Hero.”)

According to Numista, the obverse of the coin shows in small writing names of countries where Philippine workers are working (REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS UNITED STATES SAUDI ARABIA MALAYSIA UAE CANADA JAPAN AUSTRALIA QATAR UNITED KINGDOM MEXICO HONGKONG SINGAPORE KUWAIT TAIWAN JORDAN SOUTH KOREA GERMANY POLAND BAHRAIN FRANCE OMAN ISRAEL LEBANON LIBYA GUAM SWITZERLAND NORWAY BAGONG BAYANI).

Numista also says that the coin is “[h]onoring the Bagong Bayani Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization conceived to uphold the overseas Filipino workers. It works hand-in-hand with the POEA and OWWA in paying tribute to the OFWs through the Bagong Bayani Awards.”

Leyte Gulf landing 70th anniversary

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Yesterday I got this coin in my change. Its a 2014 Philippine commemorative 5-peso coin celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf Landing. According to this website, the obverse of the coin (shown on the left) has its upper background filled with the repeated text “LEYTE GULF LANDING 70 YEARS” and the reverse (shown on the right) has its lower background filled with the repeated text “REPUBLIKA NG PILIPINAS.” (Click on the images to see higher resolution versions of them.)