Here is the list for the most collectible and perhaps most valuable coins found or being used in the Philippines. Try to look at these coins for you might have these coins hiding in your basement for years, so good luck for your coin hunting:
1903 s fifty centavos has it legend to be very rare amongst USPI coins series in all denomination. According to Office fitouts Melbourne its value could reach up to $10000 in average circulation condition due to its rarity of having 2 pcs only were known to exist.(photo shown are private collections of Mr. Cecil Hodreal,Phils.)
1905s one peso is one of the most common one peso of USPI series, next only to 1903s, yet still valuable due to its silver content of 90% and its historical value, a bit bigger and higher silver content compared to later dates 1907-1912 one peso coins. The monetary value in Philippine peso depend on the condition of these coins, the estimated minimum value for a worn out condition is around 850 to 950 pesos.
1906s one peso are said to be the king of all USPI series coins, i wonder why it reachest highest value to the collectors wherein there are 201,000 pieces were minted. Though 250 pieces are known to exist since most of this coins brought back to US to be melted during the war. I’ve seen one of these sold in ebay for easy $15325 EF grade.
This is the most sought after 10 centavos Alfonso, a bit lower mintage compare to other years.
A very beautiful coin with some nice luster, from a private collection of Mr. Hodreal. Carolus coins are one of the most collected coins of Spanish-Phils series, you cant hardly seen one in this condition in auctions because collectors would rather sell it in a rocket price or keep it. The image of King Charles in this coins are superb that suggests Supreme Authority, which adds to the eye appeal for collectors.
Dos mundos coins or commonly called Pillar Dollars, were once commonly used coinage in the Philippines during the years wherein Bust Type coins are not yet introduced in new world colonies of spain. Collectors always looking for this beautiful coins due to its exoticity.
Provisional Government coins of Spain with reclining coin, some of this coins had “Gobierno Provisional” instead of ESPANA and carries more value than this one, also a star with number inside carries premium.
Probably the most common gold coinage being used in the Philippines, comes in 3 denominations, 1Peso, 2Peso, and 4Peso.
Perhaps the collectible coin from the US is this one, a Morgan Dollar, cc or Carson City mints were said to be all collectibles and carries more premium than other mints, these dollar coins are also being counterfeited and I can even see some of these fake coins being sold in flea markets in the Philippine provinces. Legit Morgan Dollars are being priced in the street markets for around 800 to 1500 pesos on regular dates and with worn to average conditions.
RARE COINS from Spanish/Pre-Spanish ERA
photo courtesy of Pinoy Kollektor
# 1 BARILLA
The first historically documented copper coin made in the Philippines was the barrilla dated 1766. At that time, Don Domingo de la Sierra, senior regidor of the municipal council, requested authorization to produce these coins because of the scarcity of minor coinage in Manila. Sierra’s request was granted, with the stipulation that only 5000 pesos’ worth should be coined, and that these should be used only for petty payments. The coin is a small round copper, approximately 18 mm. in diameter. The design on the obverse is that of a castle within a circle in the center and’ a crown on top, and the legend around reads: “CIUDAD D MAN. 1766″. The reverse bears a crowned shield with a sea lion holding up a sword. The number” 1″ is on the right of the shield, and on the left is the monogram “BA “, which can be interpreted as interlaced letters “B” and “A”, or “B”, “A”, and “R”. This coin had the value of one grana of a tomin, or 1/1 2th of a rea/. (The tomin was 1/8 of a peso, or equivalent to one real, and divisible into 12 granos).
photo courtesy of Scott Semans
# 2 PILONCITOS(Gold coinage)
Piloncitos is the earliest form of precious metal based currency of the Philippines. It is likely made of pure gold with a weight ranging between .5 grams to more or less than 3 grams. In my opinion, this could be one of the rarest coins in the world.
Piloncitos is not exclusively found in the Philippines as most collectors and local historians have agrees. Similar type of gold can be found in some regions of Indonesia which they call massa.
The earliest written account of Piloncitos was made by our national hero, Jose Rizal himself. According to Rizal, he found the gold nugget while tilling the soil of Dapitan. He himself coined the word piloncitos, which basically describe the coin’s unusual shape. They are round and stamped with what looks like the pre-Spanish baybayin character “ma,” leading historians to guess that it could be short for “Ma-I.
Even before the Thai moved southward from their original home in China, the lucrative sea trade between the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal established several maritime empires such as Sailendra-Srivijaya and Majapahit, which controlled coastal areas of modern Indonesia, Burma, Malaya, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
In an era before coined money was widely used, Indo-Pacific beads were made first at a site called Aakmidu in South India ca. 200 BC. The manufacture then moved in sequence to Ceylon, South Thailand, Java and finally Malaya. By about 1200-1300 AD the larger Majopahit beads, excavated today in the interior of Java, had supplanted it. Since these factory sites have been dated, archaeologists now use the beads to date sites, though whether beads rose to the level of metals, salt, cloth, and cowries as “standard” trade goods is uncertain.
Below is the highest valued Philippine coins sold at Heritage Auctions:
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