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US Philippines 1919 Centavo from San Francisco

This coin is in Very Fine to Extremely Fine condition. I grade it a conservative VF30.

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 “One 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. The mint mark is to the left of the date, below the dot.

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Obverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1919 S Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-163 (1903-1936)

Date: 1919

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 4,540,000

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

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

Size: 23mm

Weight: 5.18g

Other details: There is a typo in the 2010 RedBook : instead of 454,000 of these, there were 4,540,000 minted. It isn’t exactly common, but it isn’t vanishingly rare either.

Estimated Value: $3-6 in VF30

US Philippines 1937 Centavo

I would grade this coin as Fine (F12).

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 “One 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 a turret with vertical bars in the background. The lower register shows a rampant sea lion. This is the Philippine Commonwealth Seal (adopted in 1936). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue.

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-179 (1937-1944)

Date: 1937

Mint Mark: no mint mark (Manila)

Mintage: 15,790,000

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

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

Size: 23mm

Weight: 5.18g

Estimated Value: $1-2 in Fine condition

US Philippines 1927 Centavo Coin

This coin is in EF40 to EF45 shape. The scan doesn’t capture the golden copper color: this is a real beauty.

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 “One 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. The mint mark is to the left of the date, below the dot.

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Reverse

US Philippines 1 Centavo 1927 Obverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-163 (1903-1936)

Date: 1927

Mint Mark: M (Manila)

Mintage: 92,700,000.

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

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

Size: 23mm

Weight: 5.18g

Other details: This was the highest mintage of any coin in the entire US Philippine series. The 2nd highest mintage was 1928 at 91,500,00. The most common coin that I see is the 1944S: there were “only” 58,000,000 of those minted.

Estimated Value: $20-30 in EF40 state

Argentina 1993 5 Centavo

This Argentine Five Centavo coin features a sunburst obverse and a rather plain reverse. The legend around the sunburst reads “Republica Argentina En Union Y Libertad”. The reverse has a large 5, with the word “centavos” below it, and the date at the bottom of the coin.

Argentina 1993 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1993 5 Centavos Obverse

Argentina 1993 5 Centavos Reverse

Argentina 1993 5 Centavos Reverse

Identification code: KM-84a

Date: 1993

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: unknown (but fairly large)

Country of origin: Argentina

Composition: Copper-Nickel

Size: 16mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: I bought this coin shortly after listening to the Beatle’s Song “Sun King”, which is an odd song for them. It has a mix of English, Spanish, and Italian. Did you know that it’s gibberish? The translation is something like “When for much my love with happy heart, Great paparazzi my love Na-Na-Na, How much cake and eat it too carousel.”

Estimated Value: $0.10-$0.25 in EF condition (like this piece)