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1903 US Philippine 20 Centavo Coin

This coin is in great shape, with very little wear on the high points. I would grade it EF40-EF45.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with symbols from the American flag. At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. To the left of the year is the mint mark (“S” for San Francisco). Coin with no mint marks were minted at the Philadelphia Mint.

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Reverse

On the obverse, Liberty is shown pounding on the forge of freedom. This image was designed by Melecio Figueroa and there is some speculation that the young Filipina woman shown on the coin was based on his daughter. She is wearing a flowing dress, similar to the garb of Liberty on other period coinage. The obverse of the coin shows Liberty in the act of striking an anvil with a hammer while her other hand holds an olive branch. In the background is Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Twenty Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”.

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Obverse, with liberty's hammer striking a forge

1903 US Philippines - 20 Centavo Coin Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-166 (minted 1903 to 1906)

Date: 1903

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Mintage: 5,353,000

Country of origin: United States of America

Composition: 90% silver, 10% copper

Size: 22 mm

Weight: 5.3849g (0.1558 oz ASW)

Other details: This coin has a tiny prick on the reverse that my be a die crack. It stands out under magnification, but not at a casual glance.

Estimated Value: $6-20 (with silver at $31 / ounce)

US Philippines 5 Centavo 1903

This coin is fine to very fine condition. I would grade it approximately VF-20.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1903 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1903

Mintage: 8,910,000 (2,558 were minted in proof)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: This was the first year of mintage for the 5 centavo. The diameter of the coin was later reduced to avoid confusion with the 20 centavo coin.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in VF-20

US Philippines Half Centavo 1903

This coin is in AU58 to MS63 condition. It is unslabbed, but it compares favorable with a MS63 piece that I also own. It is also a brilliant, golden color.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles  flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Half Centavo” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Reverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Reverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Obverse
US Philippines 1/2 Half Centavo 1903 Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-162 (1903-1908)

Date: 1903

Mint Mark: n/a (Philadelphia)

Mintage: 12,084,000 (2,558 were minted in proof)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Bronze (95% copper, 4% tin, 1% zinc)

Size: 17.5mm

Weight: 2.59g

Other details: This was the first year of mintage for the half centavo, and the mintage this year alone accounts for 68.1% of the total mintage of this denomination.

Estimated Value: $30-55 in MS61